Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Editor's Choice

What’s your carbon reduction strategy?

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 26 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1272

Rapid Response:

Simpler Solutions

"We do not borrow this earth from our grandparents, but we owe them
from our children"

Many diseases are environmentally related.
Health-care personals know this and are part of general society, so they
too have the responsibility albeit a larger one.

In effective public health delivery, one which is a concern of third
world countries; going green can save dollars.

Tropical climates can afford to have non-AC units, turn off their
fans during lunch break (this is done in rural health clinics) and sharing

There is no need to have an X-ray machine in a low population dense
area. It could be shared among district health centres. All you need is an
ambulance which is multi-functional.

Even a simple measure of planting trees around the clinic instead of
maintaining a flashy aquarium can go a long run in going green. Trees are
inexpensive to maintain, they are hardy and probably would last a

All of this can be done. We just need to start with baby steps.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

02 April 2009
Ravivarma Rao Panirselvam
Second Year Medical Student
Faculty of Medicine, AIMST University, 08100 Bedong, Kedah, Malaysia.