​Vietnamese students raise awareness of antibiotic resistance in poultry farming through paintings

Oxford University Clinical Research Unit has presented ten prizes this week to the Vietnamese winners of a painting and photo contest it organized with two local partners over a month to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance in poultry farming. The ten best entries were honored on Monday in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap, where the unit cooperated with the Dong Thap Center for Health Information and Education and the provincial Department of Education and Training to organize the “Stop Your Poultry from Binge-Drinking Antibiotics” contest.   The competition was meant to tackle antibiotic resistance in both animals and humans. After a month, the contest organizers awarded the first prize to Le Thai Bao and two second prizes to Nguyen Le Duy Thanh and Pham Thi Thanh Nha. They also gave away three third prizes and four consolation prizes. In his winning painting titled “For Quality Poultry Products,” 12th grader Le Thai Bao depicts good framing practices to restrict or eliminate the use of antibiotics on chickens, allowing farmers to produce clean and safe food. Meanwhile, in his artwork “To Produce Truly Awesome Chickens,” Nguyen Le Duy Thanh, 18, describes how a farm runs like an “antibiotic binge-drinking party,” where chickens get drunk on antibiotics and yet the owner still markets his chicken products as “clean.” The other second-prize picture, “Four Criteria of Good Chicken Farming” by Pham Thi Thanh Nha, is about four criteria to raise healthy chickens, avoid infectious diseases, and thus prevent using antibiotics. The criteria… [Read full story]

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