Experts at an open forum yesterday called for a ban on mercury amalgam in dental treatment, as the element leaves hazardous effects on human health.
Dental surgeons and environment activists agreed on the systematic elimination of mercury amalgam from the dentistry, said a press release.
Environment and Social Development Organization (ESDO) and Bangladesh Dental Society (BDS) organised the forum, titled “Phase out dental amalgam use in Bangladesh and regulation for ban", in the capital's Krishibid Institute Bangladesh.
Bangladesh has signed “Minamata Convention”, an international treaty to phase out all sorts of mercury use to protect human health and environment.
On March 10, 2018, BDS declared that the amalgam should not be used in treating pregnant women, nursing mothers and children.
Speaking there, Environment and Forests Minister Barrister Anisul Islam Mahmud said steps would be taken in this regard soon.
BDS Secretary General Dr Humayun Kabir and ESDO Chairperson Syed Marghub Murshed were also present.