Japan has provided 8.3 million USD to support the health sector in controlling the spread of drug resistant bacteria.

The five-year project was signed yesterday between representatives of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the National Institute of Nutrition and the Ministry of Health's International Cooperation Department

JICA will provide the technology for detecting multi-drug resistant bacteria in clinics, hospitals and the community.

The technology will also be able to detect antibiotic residues in food - and to develop a surveillance model.

The project will involve building a laboratory and data-storage facilities.

It is expected to promote the management of food safety and enhancing enhance the reputation of research institutes and universities.

The project will be carried out by the National Institute of Nutrition in Hanoi , Thai Binh Medical University, Nha Trang Pasteur Institute, Institute of Hygiene and Public Health and Can Tho University.

Multi-drug resistant bacteria has been on the increase in Viet Nam where the use of antibiotics bought freely at pharmacies and used widely in the medical and agro-fishery sector has greatly increased./.