The Regional Center of Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance at the Jordan University of Science and Technology, in cooperation with the College of Veterinary Medicine, held a workshop entitled: Raising awareness about the judicious use of antibiotics in the livestock sector in Jordan, as part of the project supported by the World Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Where veterinarians from the different veterinary directorates of the northern governorates (Irbid, Ajloun, Jerash, and Mafraq), private sector veterinarians and farmers, in addition to the Qualitative union for Poultry Farmers and Veterinarians Syndicate participated in the workshop. Specialists from the College of Veterinary Medicine presented updates on the current situation of anti-bacterial resistance in the world and Jordan and the causes of and prevention of antimicrobial resistance, the role of veterinarians in reducing the excessive use of veterinary medicines, and discussing AMR consequence on human health and agricultural commodities trading and importance of AMR traceability
The Director of the Regional Center for Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Resistance - Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine Prof. Mohammad Khalifeh Al-Nsour explained the vital role that the center plays to promote the concept of one health approach which links various efforts to reduce the spread of infectious diseases in the animal and human health sectors as well as in the environment. The infectious diseases in animals pose a threat to human health, in addition to their negative impact on the agricultural economy and food security. Prof. Khalifeh indicated that the excessive use of antibiotics leads to the emergence of new strains of infectious microbes of animal origin that are resistant to antibiotics, which complicates their treatment and control to all health sectors.
Dr. Amani Khudair, Director of the Veterinary and Animal Health Directorate at the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) emphasized in her speech the importance of the project for veterinarians and farmers, appreciating this participatory role that enhances scientific research and productivity and increases the level of awareness of the stakeholders, which is positively connected to many points presented in the National Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance In Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (2018-2022). Dr. Wafaa Ramadneh from the FAO expressed her satisfaction at what has been accomplished within this project despite the difficult circumstances that Jordan is going through due to the COVID19 pandemic, and ensured the FAO's continuous support to strengthen such awareness and research efforts undertaken by the JUST and MoA.
Prof. Saeb Khreisat, President of the University, said that the main goal of establishing the Regional Center for Infectious Diseases and antimicrobial Resistance at the Jordan University of Science and Technology is strengthen health capacities building for humans and livestock in Jordan and the region through integrating and unifying the efforts of local and international experts specialized in various fields. Stressing that the Jordan University of Science and Technology is ready to provide the National Center for Epidemics and Communicable Diseases in the Kingdom with all the capabilities available in the university to enhance its progress and make benefits of the infrastructure, laboratory equipment and available academic, and technical expertise to work toward advance national, regional and global efforts to provide the reasons for a rapid and effective response, to reduce the spread of these diseases and control them. As well, to prevent the development of new strains that are resistant to antibiotics.