This document tries to present the efforts and initiatives taken so far by people fighting against the use of mercury in the Health Care Settings.
A lot has happened after a small report was
released which documented the yearly release of this toxic heavy metal
from health facilities using mercury based instruments and products.
Many Hospitals turned mercury free voluntarily and
a few more shifted recently after the Delhi government order to phase
out the use of mercury in the hospitals. To be mercury-free might be a
voluntary decision for a few more years, but as environmental laws and
quality accreditations become stricter this might be a mandatory
requirement soon. Thus it is time for all of us to do some
introspection and start changing. The experiences of people who have
changed have been documented in the report and a small chronicle of
what has happened on the mercury front has been profiled to help people
in their journey to go ‘mercury free’.