(Metro News) QC to crack down on industrial firms using hazardous chemicals

January 5, 2010 11:06 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 5 – The Quezon City government said Tuesday it will close down industrial firms using hazardous chemicals like mercury-based medical devices as part of city’s global fight against climate change.

QC Mayor Feliciano “Sonny” R. Belmonte said they have launched a massive campaign junking mercury-filled health devices with a public blood pressure and temperature screening activity using chemical-free equipment at the City Hall grounds on Elliptical Road, Diliman, Quezon City.

Belmonte said using safe non-toxic medical devices is a testimony to the local government’s support to the global campaign in eliminating hazardous tools in detecting diseases.

The World Health Organization has launched a worldwide campaign against the use of mercury in health care due to serious medical concerns.

Mercury, which is hazardous when ingested, maybe released from thermometers, blood pressure devices and other medical instruments putting the lives of the patients and doctors at risk. (PNA)

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