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Bangladesh may ban mercury dental amalgam

Bangladesh Dental Society (BDS) and Environment and Social Development Organisation (ESDO) have urged the government to create policies in order to ban mercury dental amalgam in the country by 2016.

Syed Marghub Murshed. Photo credit: pojf.org

Syed Marghub Murshed. Photo credit: pojf.org

Syed Marghub Murshed, former Secretary of Government of Bangladesh and Chairperson of ESDO and Dr. Humayun Kabir Bulbul, the newly elected President of BDS, made the demand in a meeting recently in Dhaka, says a press release. ESDO, in association with Asian Centre for Environmental Health and World Alliance for Mercury free Dentistry (WAMFD), organised the meeting.

A good amount of mercury via dental amalgam and medical appliances is used in dentistry of Bangladesh. When applied, mercury spreads gradually to an entire human body. ESDO has been working on raising public awareness and enforcing government policies to stop mercury from dentistry since 2010.

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Prof Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah, Executive Board Member of ESDO; Dr. Joynal Abdin, Vice President of BDS; Prof Dr Md. Abul Kasem, Secretary of BDS; Brig. General Golum Mohiuddin Chowdhury, Professor, Bangladesh Army Medical and Dental Corps; and Siddika Sultana, Executive Director of ESDO were also present in the meeting. Syed Marghub Murshed presided over the meeting.

He urged the Dental Society to remove the mercury dental amalgam restoration chapter from dental curriculum so that a mercury pollution free environment in Bangladesh gets ensured.

Courtesy: The NewsToday

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