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A Toxics-Free Future


Mercury- Establishing framework for “Mercury free healthcare in Nigeria”: Campaign for Alternatives to Mercury in the Health Care Sector in Lagos State, Nigeria.

Sustainable Research and Action for Environmental Development (SRADev) surveyed and interviewed employees of three Lagos area hospitals to document how mercury-containing devices are handled and disposed of. Questions were also asked about employee’s opinions concerning the transition of non-mercury-containing thermometers. Results of the surveying were then shared with relevant stakeholders at a day-long workshop at which potential policy and regulation changes concerning mercury use in hospital devices were discussed. One ofthe major outcomes of this project was a promise from the Ministry of Health to support a mercury-free healthcare system.

SRADev field staff Pat Udaze administering the questionnaire