BAI, NMIS join hands for Antimicrobial Resistance Program
The National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) and Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to strengthen their cooperation on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Program.
Under the MOA, BAI granted NMIS a Vitek 2 Equipment as part of the Antimicrobial Resistance Program, which aims to combat and eradicate antimicrobial resistance or as defined by the World Health Organization as the resistance of a microorganism to an antimicrobial medicine to which it was previously sensitive.
These resistant microbes are able withstand the effects of drugs, e.g. antibiotics, so that standard treatments are no longer effective.
NMIS chief Ernesto S. Gonzales said his agency is thankful to BAI because the said equipment will be a great help to identify microorganism and check for susceptibility of antimicrobials, thus, give a bigger chance of success to the AMR Program.
For his part, BAI’s Jocelyn A. Salvador said the equipment will help both NMIS and their agency to fully implement the national plan to combat Antimicrobial Resistance and that the two agencies have always been partners when it comes on achieving their endeavors.