KATHMANDU, Sept 18: The government has banned the use of mercury dental amalgam. The Ministry of Health and Population, through a minister-level decision on August 21, had issued a ban on the mercury dental amalgam last month to make the practice of dentistry free from the use of mercury.
Issuing a statement, the Center for Public Health and Environment Development (CEPHED) welcomed the government's decision to ban the use of mercury. With this decision, almost all the health services have shifted to mercury-free equipment, according to the statement.
“This decision will enormously contribute in fulfilling the national obligation of reduction of use and release of mercury under Minamata Convention on Mercury aimed to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emission and release of mercury and mercury compounds,” read the statement.