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ESDO to hold consultation on dental amalgam legislation and mercury-free alternatives

The Environment and Social Development Organization-ESDO in association with Asian Center for Environmental Health and World Alliance for Mercury Free Dentistry (WAMFD), will arrange a consultation on “legislation and alternative curriculum towards mercury free dentistry” in Bangladesh. High profile members of the dental community will join a forum for the discussion of: alternative dental amalgam curriculum; development of guidelines for the control of, supply and manufacture of mercury amalgam; the management of mercury waste, and for the ultimate elimination of mercury from dentistry on a national scale.

The consultation will be held on Saturday March 14, 2015 at 10:30 am to 1:00 pm (followed by lunch) at Taj Lily Green, House #751, 11th Floor, Satmasjid Road, Dhanmondi, Dhaka.

The following high-profile guests will be present at the event: Major General Md. Jahangir Hossain Mollik, Directorate General of Drug Administration, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Gov. of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh as Chief Guest; Professor Dr Ali Asgor Moral, President, Bangladesh Dental Society as special guest; Brigadier General Golum Mohiuddin Chowdhury, Advisor Specialist in Dentistry, Combined Military hospital, Dhaka, as a guest of honor. Syed Marghub Murshed, Former Secrertary, Government of Bangladesh and Chairperson of ESDO will preside the program. The keynote speaker of the program will be Dr. Shahriar Hossain, Secretary General, ESDO; Vice President (South Asia), World Alliance of Mercury Free Dentistry, and UNEP Mercury Expert.

Mercury in dentistry is a significant source of environmental contamination and a serious threat to public health. Mercury amalgam is routinely used by dentists as a filling material for cavities in teeth, but it can have major health implications that include memory loss and kidney and brain damage in children. Mercury also leaks into atmosphere and the water supply when it is used during dental procedures, causing mercury pollution, which can be harmful to fish and reduce soil fertility and productivity.

ESDO hopes to raise awareness about the environmental and public health impact of mercury through this workshop, and respectively requests you to send a Reporter/News Correspondent and a press photographer to cover the event and discussion and publish the news in your print and electronic media.

Environment and Social Development Organisation-ESDO

The Environment and Social Development Organisation is a non-governmental organization working on environmental and health issues with various stakeholders. Since 1990, the organization has been working to create a toxic and pollution free Bangladesh and a sustainable living environment. In line with this effort, ESDO has been working to ban mercury in dentistry since 2011. ESDO with World Alliance for mercury-free dentistry and Asian Center for Environmental Health has taken the responsibility to make Bangladesh aware of mercury-free dentistry.

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