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On Amalgam 2009/01/30 02:17 Karma: 0  
There are ongoing government efforts in completely phasing-out the use of mercury in hospitals and clinics. What will happen to the ever dependable amalgam?

Please read this article:

RP hospitals to phase out devices containing mercury

By Tessa Salazar
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:22:00 09/13/2008

Filed Under: Health, Hospitals and Clinics

MANILA, Philippines—Mercury presented unacceptable risks to human health and the environment. This is the reason Sister Arcelita Sarnillo, spc, administrator of General Santos Doctor’s Hospital in General Santos City, banned in 2006 the use of mercury thermometers in the hospital she works for.

Sarnillo is also a nurse and a nun of St. Paul of Chartres. In all her roles, however, she takes pride in calling herself a “basurera”—an ecological waste (eco-waste) advocate.

Sarnillo also developed a hospital solid waste management system using a compost pit in 2001. Six months ago, the hospital also ventured into food crop planting and vermicomposting.

With her transfer to St. Paul Hospital in Cavite this August, Sarnillo hopes to duplicate her achievements in Mindanao.

The basurera’s effort of banning devices containing mercury in hospitals isn’t a lonely fight, however. Over 2,000 hospitals in the country are now required to comply with the Department of Health’s Administrative Order 2008-0221, a directive to gradually phase out all mercury-containing devices—including sphygmomanometers—by 2010.

The AO also requires all hospitals to immediately discontinue the distribution of mercury thermometers in the patient’s admission/discharge kits.

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