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Workshop on mercury poisoning held.

ISLAMABAD -- Ministry of Climate Change in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) on Friday organized a one-day workshop on mercury poisoning under the development of Minamata initial assessment in Pakistan.

The workshop was aimed to highlight the harmful impacts of Mercury and briefing on phasing out of mercury use in the country. The use of Mercury poses risks to environment and human health, especially the health of children.

In Pakistan, mercury emission and transfer are mainly from extraction and use of fuels, intentional use of mercury in industrial processes, and other intentional processes such as dental mercury.

The participants discussed finalization of the National Mercury Report and Inventory of the Mercury poisoning submitted by the provincial government and administrative regions of the country.

The workshop was started with introduction of participants, objectives of the final workshop and short video screening.

Dr. Zaigham Abbas, Deputy Director Chemical National Project Coordinator, Ministry of Climate Change in his opening remarks highlighted the objectives of the workshop. He also highlighted various aspects of the workshop through video screening.

He said, the government is fully committed to replace mercury-based technologies and products in-line with decisions being taken by opting for friendly technologies and products in Pakistan'.

Mohammad Mureed Rahimoon Deputy Secretary welcomed the participants of the workshop. He said that the ministry specially organized the workshop to create awareness about the poisonous of mercury.

Dr. Shunichi Honda, Programme Officer United Nations Environment Programme briefed the participants on the Minamata Convention and Global Updates.

Dr. Ejaz Ahmad Khan, Associated Professor Health Services Academy Islamabad presented his research copy on the mercury; health impacts, research in Pakistan and the way forward.

Sajid Raza and Bushra Afzal Research Associates, Dr. Asad Afridi Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences Aga Khan University, Karachi, Mohammad Sohail Anwar, Head of Ittehad Chemicals Limited, Usama Rahmat Scientific Officer also presented their copies on the current situation of Chlor-Alkali Industry and on Scenario of Artisanal Small Scale Gold Mining (ASSG) Sector in Gilgit-Baltistan.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Sep 8, 2018
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