In 2017, the Ministry of Health (MOH), National Environment Agency (NEA), Public Utilities Board (PUB) and Agri-food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) developed the national strategic action plan on antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
This plan consists of a framework that strengthens and enhances activities combating AMR, using a “One Health” approach. This term describes an approach involving the human, animal, food, and environment sectors. With effect from 1 April 2019, the Agri-food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) has been restructured to form the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) and the Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS) under the National Parks Board (NParks).
Details of the national strategic action plan on AMR proposed in 2017 can be found here.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been declared as one of the top 10 global public health threats by the World Health Organisation (WHO). It endangers human health and threatens the health and welfare of all animals.
NParks/AVS has partnered with the Singapore Veterinary Association (SVA) to produce Singapore’s first Guidelines for the Prudent Use of Antimicrobials in Companion Animals. This guides local veterinarians on good antimicrobial stewardship practices, and includes a prescribing guide for first-line antimicrobial selection. It also contains background information on properties of antimicrobials and a client education tool kit.
(This article was curated from AVS website. View original article here.)