Maha hospitals exposed staff to radiation risk
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.