Japan funds project to control drug-resistant bacteria

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The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has pledged to provide US$3.8 million in non-refundable aid to a project to control drug-resistant bacteria in Vietnam.

The project will be carried out from 2012 to 2017 in Hanoi, Thai Binh, Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho.

Under the project, JICA will transfer technologies to detect multi-drug resistant bacteria in clinics, the community and environment, antibiotic residue in food, as well as to develop surveillance models and training methods.

The project will also construct laboratory and data storage facilities, required to analyze generation mechanisms for drug-resistant bacteria, as well as to provide advanced training courses for people in the field.

The project partners include the National Institute of Nutrition, Thai Binh Medical University, Nha Trang Pasteur Institute, Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, and Can Tho University.

Multi-drug-resistant bacteria has been a rising concern in Vietnam. Recent abuses of antibiotics in the medical and agro-fishery sector has increased the threat of multi-drug-resistant bacteria tolerant to various antibiotic substances.

Experts fear the situation may trigger intractable infectious diseases. It is reported that 42 percent of the population carries drug-resistant bacteria -- a high rate when compared to other countries.

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