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Wisal Yousafzai

The Frontier Post

Published Date: Feb 26, 2015

Use of mercury in dental hospitals concerned

PESHAWAR: Environmental Scientists shows dis-satisfaction over the use of mercury in dentil hospitals and said that it is extremely toxic substance which is a big threat for Wildlife,
ecosystem and human health in the country. They said that because of the mercury mostly pregnant woman and children were the most vulnerable and because of the mercury vapors can cause damages to central nervous system , thyroid , kidneys , lungs, immune system, eyes, gums, skin, neurological and behavior disorder include tremors, insomnia, memory and
vision problem . This was said in a program organized by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Environmental Protection Agency and Sustainable Development Policy Institute here at Wildlife Department at Peshawar on Wednesday. The theme of the program was “Mercury Dental Amalgam use in KPK-Environmental & Health Impacts”, on the occasion Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Environmental Protection Director General Bashir Khan said that the mercury toxic is a big threat to the environment and mostly common people including doctors were not aware from it that how they were vulnerable to the toxic of mercury. He further said that United Nation Environmental Program “Minamata Convention on Mercury” has been in-acted by over 140 countries of the World to reduce out mercury use globally which was sign by 94 countries including Pakistan. He further said that the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and EPA department will highlight this issue as the use of mercury in dental health clinics, adding that study shows that most of the dentists in public health hospitals were affected because of the toxic of mercury. He added and giving suggestion that the use of dental amalgam for dental health be banned for children under the age of twelve years and pregnant woman, adding that to protect dental professional students and patients from mercury exposure there is a dire need for an immediate review and revision of current curriculum offered for BDS at dental teaching institutions in the country. He added that soon the EPA will table a draft in the provincial assembly to pass the law and minimum use of mercury in dental hospitals in the province and all the dental collages and hospitals including doctors will be also informed about the cause of
mercury for the environment and for their health. On the occasion Dr. Mahmood .Khwaja SDPI Islamabad gives a detail presentation on the need for phasing out/restricted Mercury Amalgam use in dentistry –SDPI Air monitoring at dental sites and dental curriculum survey. He added that they conducted a survey all over in Pakistan about the use of mercury and in all the country 62 kg mercury were used in hospitals as most of the people including doctors were not aware about the cause of mercury, adding that this is the time that the government must take concrete steps about the use of mercury and aware people from it. On the occasion
Secretary Health Mustaq Jadon appreciate the efforts of EPA and SDPI for the efforts to protect the environment and said that the government will appreciate every individuals who will work for the environment.

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