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COUNTRY DEPENDANT ON IMPORTATION OF VETERINARY SUBSTANCES

By Majaha Nkonyane | 2017-12-07

Minister of Agriculture Moses Vilakati is concerned that the country is dependent on importation of veterinary and medical substances.

This was during the regional seminar workshop for OIE national focal points for veterinary medical products.

“Swaziland domesticated the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) standards in the form of regulations under the Animal Disease Act 7/1965 titled ‘Regulation and Control of Veterinary and Medical Substances, No. 1 of 2012.’

“The country depends on importation of these products, and through the application of these regulations is enabled to categorise, list and control the distribution and importation of the products,” he said.

Vilakati said the country fully supports having the OIE as the reference organisation for the world trade organisation, in setting standards relating to the sanitary measures in the international trade in animal products.

Important role

“Veterinary medical products play a very important role in the production of livestock products.

“These come in the form of vaccines, therapeutic drugs, growth enhances and others. If abused, these substances can be counter-productive, resulting in the development of resistance, poisoning and negative public health repercussions.

“As such it is appropriate that the OIE has prescribed standards,” he said.

The country is, however, facing a challenge when it comes to communal grazing systems which spread resistant parasites.

Vilakati said the new challenge of antiparasiticides resistance is a major concern in this part of the world, mainly on different counts.

The first one was noted as antiparasiticides products which is common in most African countries, these countries have not been under strict control as they are generally available over the counter. 

“The issue of the quality and efficacy of veterinary drugs remains a major concern to us all, and of particular concern is the issue of sub-standard veterinary medicinal products, some originating from developed parts of the world being distributed in developing countries,” he said.

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