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Guyana's agri minister: CARICOM should govern antibiotics use in agriculture

Published:Friday | October 10, 2014 | 12:57 PM

Guyana’s Minister of Agriculture, Dr Leslie Ramsammy says he opposes the widespread use of antibiotics in agriculture, saying this has serious implications for human health.



Ramsammy, who is a physician and former health minister in Guyana, said CARICOM should take the lead in trying to secure an international framework to govern the use of antimicrobials in food production.



He says while people appreciate the usefulness of antibiotics, their use in medicine is widespread, often available without prescription, and often prescribed after minor medical procedures, such as a tooth extraction.



He says a limited number of antibiotics are available and very few new ones have been developed over the past 25 years.



Ramsanny says a patient may visit a physician who diagnoses and prescribes medication for an infection, but the antibiotics are ineffective because of microbial resistance.



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