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Seminar in Pernambuco discusses mercury devices in hospitals

By 2020, WHO wants to ban this element of hospitals, encouraging substitution by digital devices

 
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Despite being present in hospital equipment and devices, such as thermometers, since it is known that mercury can cause some health problems in the population and contaminate the environment. By 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) hopes to ban this element of hospitals, encouraging the replacement of other digital devices, for example. To address this issue, in Recife, the Baron de Lucena Hospital hosted Thursday (11), the Seminar North Northeast Health without mercury.

According to the pharmacist and professor of toxicology at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), José Antonio Menezes, there are several forms of mercury, and the balls of metal thermometers best known to the general public. When the external environment, the element evaporates and inhaled by humans, can cause neurological problems, severe retardation, irritability. When the consumption of mercury is in the form of salts, can cause renal failure, informs Menezes.

Already in the environment, mercury can pollute the water and be ingested by aquatic animals. Consumption of contaminated fish by pregnant women can cause serious problems for the fetus, exemplifies the teacher. He still remembered the Minamata disease, known as such because of an accident involving mercury in the city of Minamata, Japan, causing sensory disturbances in the hands and feet, damage to vision and hearing, among others, in the local population.

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