SUSPENSIONS OF RADIOLOGICAL SERVICES IN THREE (3) HEALTH CENTERS

Nov 12, 2019

NOTICE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC

SUSPENSIONS OF RADIOLOGICAL SERVICES IN THREE (3) HEALTH CENTERS DUE TO NON COMPLIANCE OF RADIOLOGICAL SAFETY REQUIREMENTS AS STIPULATED IN THE ATOMIC ENERGY ACT NO.7 OF 2003

The Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission (TAEC) is informing the Public that, in its regular regulatory inspections has suspended three health Centers from offering radiological services owing to non-compliance of radiological safety requirements stipulated in the Atomic Energy Act No. 7 of 2003.

The centers that have been suspended from offering X-ray services are Sumve District Designated Hospital, Ngudu District Hospital and Misungwi District Hospital.

The suspensions are as results of the ongoing routine inspections in Lake Zone to ensure the radiological safety requirements as stipulated in the Act and its associated Regulations are adhered in order to protect workers, patients, members of public and environment from harmful effects of radiation. At Sumve  District Hospital and Ngudu District Hospital, it was revealed that the Centers employed unqualified personnel to administer ionizing radiation to patients,   while at Misungwi District Hospital it has been revealed that their X-Ray machines are of poor quality.

TAEC  is hereby urges all Centres offering radiological services to ensure compliance to radiological safety requirements  and Regulations as stipulated in the Atomic Energy Act No. 7 of 2003 including the involvement of TAEC  in all stages starting from  construction of their facilities as per requirements.

In this ongoing inspection, a total number of 44 Centres were inspected in Geita, Kagera and Mwanza Regions. Out of these, 36 Centres are from the health sector, two (2) centres from mining sector, three (3) centres from industrial sector, two (2) centers from road construction sector and one (1) centre from transport sector.