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A Toxics-Free Future


Mercury-Free Health Care Systems in Gujarat

In order to introduce the issue of mercury in the health care sector in the region, Paryvaraniya Vikas Kendra (PVK), in association with Toxics Link and the State Pollution Control Board of Gujarat, organized a series of awareness-raising workshops. The workshops focused on occupational health hazards of mercury, roles and responsibilities of important stakeholders, mercury phase-out plans and challenges, and mercury policies and the global initiative. Workshop participation was made up of representatives of pollution control boards, doctors and other health care professionals, educational and research institutes, civil society representatives, and others. Positive results that sprang from the workshops include the decision to keep mercury spill management kits in hospitals and the potential issuance of a guideline for mercury free health care systems.

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