Greens are afraid of "contamination of our waters"


The Greens of Lower Saxony accused Environment Minister Olaf Lies (Sande / Kreis Friesland) of downplaying the results of multidrug-resistant germs. The Landtag Greens evaluated the results of their own data. As a result, antibiotic resistance was demonstrated in 66% of the samples. "In almost all samples, germs resistant to several classes of antibiotics have been discovered," says Dragos Pancescu, Green Party member, Brake (Wesermarsch district): "Antibiotic resistance has been detected in more 75% of the measurements taken in my constituency. "

The spokesman for consumer protection gives as examples of water samples of rivers, coastal waters and sewage treatment in his constituency treatment plants. Hude (expiry at Berne), Rastede (exiting Hankhauser Bäke), Wiefelstede-Bäke (expiring Rehorner Bäke), the Sieltief Braker, the Hunte Under and above the Oldenburg sewage treatment plant and the Zwischenahner Meer swimming area in Rostrup.

Pancescu calls for concrete measures to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance in the environment. "We need regular, nationwide monitoring to observe the pathways of multidrug-resistant germs." The SPD and the CDU rejected, but of. "The state government does not take the problem seriously and therefore risks contaminating our waters," complains Pancescu.

The Ministry of the Environment rejects the allegations. "The state government takes this issue very seriously," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Sabine Schlemmer-Kaune said on request. Additional investigations are needed. However, national standards are necessary for this. The country has been working intensively on this topic since 2016. At that time, a strategy against antibiotic resistance had been decided. The goal is to reduce the use of antibiotics in human and veterinary medicine. "And there are already obvious successes," says Schlemmer-Kaune.