Step toward phasing out use of amalgam in Pakistan’s hospitals

Pakistan meetingAnother step has been taken toward phasing out the use of mercury – including dental amalgam –in hospitals in Pakistan.  Last Monday, the Ministry of Climate Change assembled a group of stakeholders to discuss to what measures need to be taken.  Chaired by Ministry of Climate Change Joint Secretary Iftikharul Hassan Gilani, participants included representatives from the ministry of health and the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI).  The press reported that “It was agreed upon in the meeting that the mercury base dental amalgam fillings will soon be phased out.”

Participants placed great emphasis on the importance of ending amalgam use in children and pregnant women. An article quotes SDPI senior adviser Dr. Mahmood A. Khwaja explaining “Children under the age of 12 and pregnant women are more vulnerable to mercury exposure and hence must be the first one to safe-guard their health.”