Tanzania’s atomic energy body moves to control safe of radiation in health facilities

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Radiation measuring instrument
Radiation measuring instrument

The Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission (TAEC) said on Sunday it has embarked on an inspection across Tanzania on the safe use of radiation in health facilities.

TAEC’s radiation specialist Peter Mammba said the move that has started in the Ilala district in the Dar es Salaam region was aimed at fulfilling requirements set by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to ensure safe use of radiation in all sectors, including health facilities that use sources of nuclear energy.

He said 66 health facilities have already been inspected in the Ilala district and 12 of them were found to have been operating against the set procedures regarding the safe use of radiation in providing health services to the public.

“The objective of the inspection is to ensure that the use of radiation in the country is safe to protect patients, workers, citizens and the environment in general,” said Mammba.

Tanzania is a member of the IAEA and is implementing protocols aimed at ensuring safe use of radiation in all sectors, he said.

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