The Ministry of Health is to improve training for Spanish professionals regarding resistance to antiobiotics, with the aim of reducing the use of these drugs and improving the way they are used.
It is also creating a diploma for experts in programmes designed to optimise the use of medications to combat different infections caused by bacteria.
These form part of a plan called PRAN, the Plan Nacional frente a la Resistencia a los Antibióticos, which also intends to optimise the prescribing of antibiotics by vets, through an epidemiological map of clinical pathogens.
Both initiatives were presented on Monday, European Antibiotic Awareness Day, by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fishing and Food (MAPA).
According to the latest figures collated as part of the PRAN, between 2015 and 2018, Spain reduced the use of antibiotics in human health by 7.2 per cent, and total sales of veterinary antibiotics fell by 52.3 per cent between 2014 and 2018.