Awareness raising mobile campaign for ‘Mercury Free Dentistry’

On March 30, 2016, ESDO team along with a dentist conducted a mobile campaign to create awareness on ‘Mercury free dentistry’. The team covered different areas of Dhaka city including Uttara, Mohakhali, Shahbagh. Information about harmful impacts of mercury amalgam in dentistry sector were disseminated by oral description, distributing leaflets, stickers, showing posters, playing radio jingle on the issue. The team tried to reach the passer by, the students of local school, college and university, guardians of the students, teachers and described them what harms to human health and environment are caused by mercury amalgam.

They visited Dhaka Biman Bandar Railway station and met so many naive people. They tried to explain them what is mercury, what is its use in dental sector, what complications it causes in human health and environment, why we should go for mercury free dentistry, etc in simple and understandable way. Response of people was amazing and they asked so many relevant questions. They also wanted to know about the alternatives to mercury amalgam. Finally we moved to the Dhaka University campus and met the students. Many of them informed that they are carrying silver amalgam and asked the way of removing the existing ones. People thanked ESDO team to inform them this important issue. Finally the team could reach 502 people in their daylong mobile campaign whom they delivered the message of being aware of ‘Dental Mercury Amalgam’.

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