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In Sierra Leone, Radiation Protection Seminar Ends Today
By Aruna Turay
Aug 26, 2010, 17:02

The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will today 26th August 2010 end a three day public sensitization seminar on Radiation Protection Law and Regulations at the Miatta Conference Center, Youyi Building in Freetown.

The seminar which was officially opened by His Excellency the Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone Alhaji Samuel Sam Sumana on Tuesday 24th August 2010 attracted distinguished personalities such as honourable Members of Parliament, Facility Owners, legal practitioners, Civil Society Organizations, and journalists, who within the three day seminar, discussed the laws and regulations relating to the proper use of radiation in a bid to meet international standards and practices.

During the seminar, the IAEA expert Justin Ngaile called on Parliamentarians and other important stakeholders to put more priority in ensuring an effective development structure towards protecting radiation sources, adding that there is a need for a regulation laboratory capacity. The IAEA Expert suggested that there is also a great need for Government to review and revise the existing Protection and Radiation Act 2001 which he said is different in certain areas. This he went on will include new trends in Radiation Protection and utilization of nuclear technology to meet standards approved by the IAEA and other international organizations.

The Vice President Sam Sumana in his statement said that since Sierra Leone became a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency in 1957, the country has been giving its total support and co-operation towards radiation and expressed government continued support to IAEA

Also, the Chairman Parliamentary Committee on Energy and Water resources Hon. Paul Kamara assured that his committee will do all it could to convince colleague Parliamentarians to review the Radiation Act 2001.

The Executive Secretary Radiation and Protection Board Mr. Joseph J. Kongo warned that in as much as radiation is very important in the treatment of certain ailments, water resource development, mining, among others, if not cautiously used, can expose users to danger of contracting cancer, genetic effects, among other. He cautioned the people not to go for X-ray without referral by a professional medical Doctor in order to avoid the negative effects of radiation

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