Radiation Board inspects medical facilities Bo and Kenema
The Radiation Protection Board Secretariat has completed a pre-authorization inspection of Medical facilities in the Bo and Kenema Government Hospitals. The inspection is part of the ongoing sensitization programme to create awareness about the use and effect of Radiation. The Radiation Protection Board was created by an act of by an act of Parliament in 2001 to protect the public and workers from dangers resulting from the devices or materials capable of producing ionizing radiation and for other related purposes. (Photo: Lead Inspector – Umarr Bun- Tejan inspecting x-ray facility in Kenema)
At the Bo Government Hospital the lead Inspector Umar Bun- Tejan on inspection of the x-ray machine, discovered that the x-ray machines were being operated by untrained and unqualified Radiographers and dark room assistants.
He said that he discovered that there are no radiations warning signs, no specific waiting area (controlled area ) for patients, no proper shielding of the x-ray areas and no proper storage facility.
The medical superintendent Bo Government Hospital Dr. A. P. Koroma said that they had on their own decided to renovate the x-ray facility which was in a deplorable condition. He hoever explained that the radiographer was currently undergoing training in Radiography in Freetown.
The Inspection Team, the team which comprises the Deputy Executive Secretary Messrs John Jabati, Umar Bun Tejan lead inspector, Sylvester Fonnie Scientific Officer, and Christopher Wallace – Johnson Public Relations Officer. He said that they met with the Provincial Secretary south Mr Jacob Quee, South his worship the mayor of Bo city Council Dr. Wusu Sannoh and some Councilors.
During the meeting the Mayor expressed optimism about the one day sensitization workshop to be lead at the Bo City hall. He expressed willingness to help the Radiation Protection Board Secretariat in spreading the news about the usefulness of Radiations and that he would do his outmost to make the proposed workshop a very successful and fruitful one.
Resident Mister East, Hon. Monjuer Kaikai expressed his desire for a Radiation Protection Officer to be housed at the BKPS Office in Bo Town. He however appealed to the officers to ensure tha they do their work in the best interest of the nations, as radiation can be a good servant, but a bad master.
Similar meetings were held with the Provincial Secretary East, Mr. George Banya and the Mayor or Kenema City Council Chief Brima Kargbo.
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