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Weekly Technology Times Vol. 04, No. 14

Published Date: Apr 1, 2013

Medical staff sensitised on mercury systems

Some
dental teaching hospitals, indoor mercury levels are found to be 15 – 20 times
higher than the permissible limit for human health. Mercury contamination
measurements have recently been made by Lumex mercury analyzer.

A
brief training and demonstration of Lumex use was also given by Dr. Mahmood A.
Khwaja and Maryam Shabbir, to a group of postgraduate students at ICS who also
assisted SDPI monitoring team in the survey work at a few sites in Peshawar.
The SDPI mercury monitoring team visited 16 marked sites.

Mercury
contamination in air is measured at DG, EPA & Director, ICS offices, bulb
& tubes manufacturing sections, dental treatment section (teaching
hospitals/dental colleges/ clinics), adjacent corridor and open air.

Survey
questionnaire for background mercury information has been completed in
discussion with the medical staff. Besides mercury levels, other related
climatic parameters temperature, humidity, wind speed & direction as well
as sampling points coordinates were also measured.

Monitoring
data was shared with the medical/ paramedical and administrative  staff of
these institutions. Immediate action to be taken at the teaching hospitals
included improved cross-air ventilation, installation of exhaust fans, mercury
waste as well mercury use reduction data compilation.