250 tons single-use plastic entering environment per month: study
Some 250 tons of single-use plastic (SUP) are entering the environment per month across the country – causing public health hazard, according to a latest study.
Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO) conducted the study throughout last four months (July-October). Siddika Sultana, executive director of ESDO, published the study yesterday at a press conference in its Lalmatia office, Dhaka in presence of experts.
Phase out Mercury by 2018!
Dentists, dental professionals, Government representatives and environmental leaders urged the Government for phasing out mercury from dentistry sector by 2018. Yesterday at a workshop, they demanded to take immediate step regarding this issue. Bangladesh Dental Society(BDS) and Environment and Social Development Organization-ESDO in association with Asian Center for Environmental Health organized this workshop entitled, “Mercury Free Dentistry: Way Forward” at Four Seasons Restaurant, Dhanmondi at 12.00 pm.
The session was chaired by Syed Marghub Murshed, Former Secretary, People’s Republic of Bangladesh and Chairperson of ESDO. Charles G Brown, head of the American National Counsel of Consumers for Dental Choice and President of the World Alliance for Mercury-Free Dentistry, was the Special Guest of the program.
“I urge the Government to implement law against the dental amalgam in order to protect mass health and environment from Mercury pollution” said Mr. Syed Marghub Murshed, Former Secretary, Govt. of Bangladesh and Chairperson of ESDO .
Amongst other Dr. Humayun Kabir Bulbul, Secretary General, BDS; Dr. A.K.M. Shariful Islam, Vice President, BDS; Dr. Shahriar Hossain, Secretary General; Siddika Sultana, Executive Director of ESDO; Executive members of BDS and dental professionals were present at the meeting.
At the end of the event, all the invited dental professionals, Government representetives expressed their willingness to work and assist ESDO and BDS to ensure mercury free dentistry and ultimately a mercury free environment.