The Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation in Rwanda in collaboration with the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency (RURA) are raising awareness on radiation safety.
This was kick-started at the recent second international conference organized by the Society, and comes at a time when Parliament has just approved a radiation protection law on 4th December.
According to the president of the Society, Remy Wilson Bana, it brings together professionals in radiography and imaging such as ultrasound and MRI to take measures in protecting medical professionals and patients from radiation, under the RAF9059 project of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
“During this annual conference researchers share their work carried out throughout the year to educate colleagues. The workshop is tackling a hot topic of radiation safety which is key across all sectors,” Bana explained.
He said as partners with RURA in this work, the society is sensitizing members in the health sector on the regulation of radiation safety because they use it in their day-to-day work.
“So this is a call on our members to know their responsibilities, know what is required of them and when the law is passed members should know how to implement it,” Bana said.
According to RURA’s Director of Legal Services and Enforcement, Mr. Jacques Kabiruka, the Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation in Rwanda is an important partner of RURA in creating awareness in protection from radiation, which, if not managed in a professional and regulated manner, can cause harm to the society.
“In this conference we talk about the health sector, but radiation protection concerns other sectors as well, such as mining and security. In a wider perspective, once the law is enacted we want all key stakeholders to take the upper hand in sensitizing the general public,” Kabiru said.
According to Kabiruka, once the law comes into force (the conference took place before the law was approved by parliament), RURA wants all the stakeholders to create awareness during the implementation process.
“We expect the law to be out soon and we will immediately introduce new regulations regarding different sectors,” he said.
The Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation in Rwanda currently counts around 200 members working in all Hospitals both public and Private.