Fabella Hospital cleared of mercury spill

Posted at 08/11/2013 6:08 PM

MANILA - The Fabella Hospital in Manila has been cleared of ambient mercury following a chemical spill on Thursday.

In a statement, the Department of Health said the Hazardous Material Unit of the Bureau of Fire Protection has just cleared the hospital of any hazardous materials.

Ambient mercury was detected after containers with liquid dental amalgam were broken.

Nonetheless, specific areas will be used again by hospital employees only after the BFP declares them safe for occupation.

The areas were in a separate building away from the patient wards. However, 40 patients were evacuated for safety purposes.

They were also tested but came out negative for mercury build up.

Around 80 hospital personnel including members of the Hazardous Material Unit were also subjected to blood mercury testing as part of standard operating procedures.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona reminded all health facilities in the country to comply with a directive on the proper disposal of mercury containing-devices such as amalgam.

Disposal of these chemicals should be coordinated with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.