For decades, Mercury has been used in some pharmaceutical products and some medical devices due to its uniqueness.
Yet the least reckless exposure of mercury into the environment has severe health hazards on the environment.
Mercury is classified among the top 10 most hazardous chemicals by the World Health Organization.
Due to this, Ghana on the 16th of August 2017 appended signatory to the UNDP’s instituted MINAMATA CONVENTION ON MERCURY; a global treaty designed to protect human health and the environment.
The improper disposal of mercury- containing health equipment such as Thermometers, Sphygmomanometers, Hg-based blood pressure monitoring devices, Hg batteries, Lamps, dental Amalgam and lighting devices.
Have dire consequences on health personnel and particularly on the development of children, pregnant women, aquatic life and has the tendency of drastically polluting our water bodies.
The introduction of the Minamata Convention on Mercury is under the special assistance of the UNDP in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which has the mandate for ensuring the implementation of recommended WHO/MIA strategies for the health sector, has completed an initial platform which would enable the government of Ghana to establish a sound foundation to undertake future works for successful implementations of the programme.
It is the mandate of the Ministry of Health, Ghana Health service and its health partners to ensure that mercury is successfully phased out from the Health sector in Ghana after the successful implementation of the Minamata Convention by the year 2025.