Antimicrobial-zoonotic campaign: Minister Ummy meets Kido

Dodoma: Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu has today met and held talks with KIDO, who is the Ambassador of the “Holela-Holela Itakukosti” campaign.

The ‘Holela-Holela Itakukosti” (Recklessness Will Cost You) campaign focuses on antimicrobial resistance and zoonotic diseases (diseases that can be passed from animals to humans).

It highlights the need for actions to prevent antimicrobial resistance and the spread of zoonotic diseases and works at the local level to develop community awareness and preventive action and is being coordinated by the Office of the Prime Minister in collaboration with Ministries of Health, Livestock and Ministry of Environment and is being funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Breakthrough ACTION project.

Speaking today in Dodoma meeting with Ambassador KIDO, Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu stressed on the resistance of pathogens to drugs (UVIDA) and priority zoonotic diseases (diseases transmitted from animals to humans) which the “Holela-Holela Itakukosti” campaign targets.

‘I would like to take this opportunity to appeal to the community that a we can only do a few things to deal with UVIDA such as properly following advice of health professionals, follow instructions from veterinary/agricultural experts and on top of that use correct drugs for livestock/farms and washing hands with clean water with soap and maintaining the cleanliness of our environment’.

Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu receives assorted gifts from KIDO, the Ambassador of “Holela-Holela Itakukosti” campaign which is aimed at raising awareness and combat the growing issues of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and priority zoonotic diseases (PZDs) in Tanzania after meeting today in Dodoma.
The Holela-Holela itakukosti (recklessness is costly) campaign coordinated by USAID in collaboration with the Prime Minister’s Office- One Health Section, Ministries of Health, Environment, Livestock and Fisheries.

Ummy added, ‘The issue of UVIDA is a very serious challenge and its effects are diseases recurring and taking time to recover and the spread of pathogens resistant to drugs, disability and even death.

Apart from that, there are economic effects such as spending a lot of money on medical treatment and thus leads to reducing personal time of managing daily activities, family and loss of income’.

Ummy said that the government is making a lot of efforts in dealing with UVIDA which includes launching the “Holela-Holela Itakukosti” campaign which intends to increase awareness about UVIDA and bring positive changes in behaviour in dealing with UVIDA within the society.

Apart from that, there is a work plan for the fight against UVIDA (NAP AMR 2023-2028), and the National Committee for the fight against UVIDA (AMR MCC) that is under One Health project and other sectoral guidelines that help the fight against UVIDA.

On his part, the USAID Mission Acting Director Alex Klaits said that the ‘Holela-Holela Itakukosti’ campaign builds on the 60-year partnership between the people of the United States and Tanzania.

As Tanzania’s largest bilateral donor, the U.S. has contributed more than $7.5 billion in assistance, not loans with repayment requirements, in the last 20 years to strengthen security, boost economic growth, expand democratic participation, and improve health, education, and nutrition for ordinary Tanzanians.

‘Together, let us move forward to protect the health and well-being of all Tanzania’s’, said Klaits.

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