Hospitals’ Radiology Departments unsafe for staff

March 5, 2016 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: The employees and support staff in Radiology Departments of public sector hospitals in Karachi are performing their duties without safety equipment which are necessary to protect them from dangerous radiological rays, it was emerged on Sunday.

The Radiology Department Civil Hospital Karachi, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, National Institute of Child Health, Lyari General Hospital, Sindh Government Hospital Qatar Orangi Town and others public sector hospitals are being run without Radiation Protection Officers (RPOs) where technicians are performing their duties without safety equipment.

Senior RMO Administrative, Radiology Department, Civil Hospital Karachi, Dr Aijaz. A. Zubedi, while talking to reporter, said all protection equipment are available for technicians but admitted that the technicians could not wear radiation protections equipment during duty hours.

He said administration will issue strict guideline for technicians and support staff for implementation on safety plan in during duty hours in order to protect employees from dangerous rays.

Talking to reporter, Radiation Protection Officer (RPO), Cardiac Care Society, Mohammad Tariq, said radiation means is an energy which travels in the form of particulars rays. He said safety measure and some equipment is necessary for employees working radiology department to protect them from directly contracting diseases from dangerous rays discharged from diagnostic machines.

He said some equipment like lead apron, film badges, thyroid shields, lead barriers or screen, lead gloves and lead eye glasses protect employees from direct radiation of rays and also minimize its severity. He said penetration power of gamma camera rays more dangerous as compared to X-ray.

He said there are two types of radiation related side-effects including deterministic effects and stochastic effects. He said technicians can contract diseases like cancer, arthritis, cell deaths, sterility, tissues mutation and others diseases if proper safety measures and equipment are not worn during duty hours .

He informed that person contracting diseases due to radiation rays should be rested for minimum three months on the recommendation RPO. He said lead apron and lead screen necessary for staff working X-ray department.

He stressed the need of appointment of RPO officers in radiology departments and organizing awareness lectures for staff in order to protect them from dangerous rays. He said strict administrator was needed to implement safety measures in radiation department of public sector hospitals across the city .