Maha hos­pi­tals ex­posed staff to ra­di­a­tion risk

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Sadaguru Pan­dit sadaguru.pan­dit@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Nine gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tals in Ma­ha­rash­tra had their ra­di­ol­ogy staff work­ing with­out a de­vice that mea­sures how much harm­ful ra­di­a­tion they may be ex­posed to while work­ing with X-Ray and CT scan ma­chines.

These nine hos­pi­tals ad­mit­ted to flout­ing the rules in a re­ply to a Right To In­for­ma­tion (RTI) query filed by an ac­tivist.

The ac­tivist has since filed a com­plaint with the Atomic En­ergy Reg­u­la­tory Board (AERB), which in turn is­sued show­cause no­tices to the hos­pi­tals for over­look­ing their’s staff ’s safety.

The gov­ern­ment med­i­cal col­leges ad­mit­ted in June that their hos­pi­tal staff did not have the Thermo-Lu­mi­nes­cent Dosime­ter or TLD badges — a kind of me­ter that de­tects the level of haz­ardous ra­di­a­tions a staffer is ex­posed to. While the hu­man body has a nat­u­ral de­fense mech­a­nism to deal with low doses of such ra­di­a­tion, it may not do enough to pro­tect work­ers and doc­tors who spend hours in the ra­di­ol­ogy depart­ment.

The is­sue sounds press­ing, Medha Gadgil, prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary, med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion told Hin­dus­tan Times, but added that she did not have enough in­for­ma­tion to com­ment on it. She said Dr Pravin Shin­gare, the di­rec­tor, DMER would be in a bet­ter po­si­tion to com­ment.

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