Cape Times

Doc­tors urged to ‘Go Green’ as role mod­els

- | Staff Writer

THE World Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (WMA) has urged physi­cians to “Go Green” – to add en­vi­ron­men­tal mea­sures and cli­mate change aware­ness to their med­i­cal prac­tices.

The WMA has of­fered physi­cians and their na­tional med­i­cal as­so­ci­a­tions a free on­line ser­vice, My Green Doc­tor .

“My Green Doc­tor ex­plains how the clinic starts its own ‘Green Team’ that meets for a few min­utes each week to make grad­ual changes.

“Each step is de­scribed, so no en­vi­ron­men­tal knowl­edge is needed,” said the as­so­ci­a­tion.

The ben­e­fits of “go­ing green” will be seen al­most im­me­di­ately, with sav­ings to elec­tric­ity and wa­ter bills, it added.

Dr Todd Sack, manag­ing di­rec­tor of the ser­vice, said that most physi­cians and other health pro­fes­sion­als who used My Green Doc­tor would save money by low­er­ing of­fice ex­penses.

Sack said: “Pa­tients look to their health providers for role mod­els.

“When we re­cy­cle, keep or­ganic gar­dens, bi­cy­cle to work or drive en­ergy-ef­fi­cient cars, our pa­tients and neigh­bours pay at­ten­tion.”

My Green Doc­tor is a free ser­vice for WMA mem­bers who regis­ter at www.my­green­doc­tor.org.

Mem­bers re­ceive a free wait­ing room cer­tifi­cate – avail­able in any lan­guage – just for reg­is­ter­ing.

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