During a one-day visit and inspection at the Connaught Hospital, it was disclosed that pregnant women should not undergo X-ray because it was dangerous to the unborn baby.
This was disclosed yesterday by Josephus Kongo, Executive Secretary Radiation Protection board, who was briefing journalists about the bad effects of radiation.
He added that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in conjunction with the government of Sierra Leone was making efforts to re-establish nuclear medicines at the government hospital and other hospitals in the provinces.
The Executive Secretary said, “IAEA has designed a model project for the establishment of radiation protection infrastructure in all 53 member states”.
He added that the model project was the establishment of the basic radiation protection infrastructure in all member states that did not have nuclear installations but were using radioactive materials and sources for various purposes.
Mr Kongo pointed out that, “56 member states are implementing this project with 33 in 33 in Africa including Sierra Leone”.
He maintained that Sierra Leone had established the radiation protection infrastructures- the radiation protection board at the ministry of energy and power to serve as regulatory body for the control of radiation sources, adding that “IAEA has provided basic radiation monitoring equipment and training for the board”.
The Executive Secretary noted that the job of inspection of radiation sources and materials was a very risky one that required adequate training.
In his addressing speech Dr Frank Kosia, head of nuclear medicines and radiology, said most of the equipment provided by the African Development Bank (ADB) had not been installed since last year.
He disclosed that they were only using one portable X-ray machine which was not good to talk about, adding that even the X-ray machine bought by the ADB that should have eased the problem of X-ray was not being installed.