The Kerala government will unveil the state’s antibiotic policy in January next year to contain threat from anti-microbial resistance, thereby becoming the first state to have its own antibiotic policy, Health Minister K K Shailaja Teacher said on Wednesday.
Stating that a workshop will be held soon to prepare a policy draft, Shailaja said, “The policy will (also) cover agriculture and animal husbandry departments. Antibiotics used in dairy and poultry sectors are causing serious public health hazards.
We are planning to bring in a comprehensive system to monitor and control the use of antibiotics.” She said rampant use of antibiotics has been reported in dairy and poultry sectors, and farmers will be made aware on the threat posed by antibiotic resistance.
CM Pinarayi Vijayan chaired a high-level meeting on Wednesday to discuss the issue and steps to contain antimicrobial resistance.