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Veterinary Drugs Handling, Management and Supply Chain Assessment in Afar Pastoral Region of North East Ethiopia
American Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
Volume 3, Issue 6, December 2015, Pages: 142-148
Received: Aug. 27, 2015; Accepted: Sep. 16, 2015; Published: Dec. 7, 2015
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Angesom Hadush Desta, College of Veterinary Medicine, Samara University, Samara, Ethiopia
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Animal medicines play an important role in the control and prevention of disease and animal suffering but have the potential to cause harm if not used properly. Veterinary drugs handling, management and supply chain assessment in Afar pastoral region of North east Ethiopia was done using structured questionnaire, key informants interview and focal group discussion. This survey showed that there is awareness gap on proper handling and management of veterinary drugs in the region that hamper its quality, safety and effectiveness. The effectiveness of drugs is damaged due to problems such as lack of awareness on how to handle and manage the drugs, lack of understanding of the potential effects of drug misuse and abuse and lack of required facilities. Training on safe handling and management of drugs (X2=21.23, P=0.000) and professional level (X2=6.613, P=0.037) had significant association with awareness on safe handling and management of veterinary drugs. However, According to the logistic regression analysis, it was only professional level (OR=0.03, 95% CI: 0.01-2.25, P=0.027) that has statistically significant association with awareness of the professionals than the other variables considered during the analysis. There were many inappropriate practices and attitudes associated with improper drug handling and management issues in the professionals, awareness problems in the community and easy accessibility of the drugs in the black markets that can potentially affect the drug effectiveness. Generally, about 63.9% of the respondents showed that they had no enough knowledge on safe handling and management of drugs starting from acquisition to end user to assure the quality, safety and effectiveness of veterinary drugs. The major source of veterinary drug supply in Afar region were governmental source (65%), private sources (5%), nongovernmental organizations (10%) and illegal sources (20%). Therefore, continuous awareness creation works to the community, capacity building, training and upgrading programs to the professionals; encouraging privatization of veterinary drug supply and strict enforcement of drug control and administration regulation of the country is mandatory to avoid the aforementioned deep rooted problems in the region.
Afar, Ethiopia, Management, Supply Chain, Veterinary Drugs
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Angesom Hadush Desta, Veterinary Drugs Handling, Management and Supply Chain Assessment in Afar Pastoral Region of North East Ethiopia, American Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering. Vol. 3, No. 6, 2015, pp. 142-148. doi: 10.11648/
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