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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 45-48

Mercury and health care


Department of Community Medicine, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Ritesh Singh
112/4, Express Garden, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5278.72240

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Mercury is toxic heavy metal. It has many characteristic features. Health care organizations have used mercury in many forms since time immemorial. The main uses of mercury are in dental amalgam, sphygmomanometers, and thermometers. The mercury once released into the environment can remain for a longer period. Both acute and chronic poisoning can be caused by it. Half of the mercury found in the atmosphere is human generated and health care contributes the substantial part to it. The world has awakened to the harmful effects of mercury. The World Health Organization and United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) have issued guidelines for the countries' health care sector to become mercury free. UNEP has formed mercury partnerships between governments and other stakeholders as one approach to reducing risks to human health and the environment from the release of mercury and its compounds to the environment. Many hospitals are mercury free now.






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