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Board roots for tough rules on importation of X-ray machines

Source: The Standard Digital

By GATONYE GATHURA Updated Wednesday, February 18th 2015

The Radiation Protection Board wants the Government to publish strict standards for the importation of x-ray machines to protect Kenyans against obsolete and dangerous technologies. A senior official with the board, Arthur Koteng, yesterday said the entry of sub-standard X-ray and other radiation diagnostic machines could be adding to the already increasing burden of cancer.
Mr Koteng was presenting preliminary findings of a national safety study on radiology that the board is currently carrying out. The presentation was made yesterday at an ongoing Pan African Congress for Radiographers in Nairobi. The study is reviewing the safety status of workers at radiation units and patients and according to Koteng, it was initiated following complaints of recurrent headaches by radiographers working at a busy hospital in Nairobi. “Interim calculations indicate that many radiographers are receiving doses much way above the maximum dose limits,” he told the meeting, which will be officially opened this morning. Koteng said from the study, they will make tough recommendations that will be the basis for a policy that will totally change the way current radiation premises are designed and machines are procured. In some units, the board has found radiation escaping to adjacent rooms, thus affecting other workers, who may totally be unaware of the dangers they are in. The board will also recommend that workers and patients be put on protective clothing that meet international standards.
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