Ra­dio­g­ra­pher’s board seals x-ray units of 5 hospi­tals

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - By Ele Ifa

The Ra­dio­g­ra­phers Regis­tra­tion Board of Nige­ria (RRBN) has sealed the x-ray units of five hospi­tals in Imo State.

A state­ment from the board said the hospi­tals were Amanda Hos­pi­tal, Ow­erri, O/C Med­i­cal and X-Ray Ser­vices at Works Lay­out , Ow­erri; Holy Rosary Hos­pi­tal, Emekuku, Christina Hos­pi­tal, Egbu and Mother­care Di­ag­nos­tic Cen­tre on Okigwe Road, Ow­erri.

Regis­trar and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the board, Mr Michael Ok­paleke said the board clamped down on the hospi­tals to rid ra­di­og­ra­phy prac­tice of quacks.

He said the board was de­ter­mined to re­move quacks from the prac­tice of med­i­cal ra­di­og­ra­phy in the coun­try and would not stop till it suc­ceeded, adding that the mis­sion of the board was to mon­i­tor and reg­u­late ac­tiv­i­ties of per­son­nel who ad­min­is­ter x-rays to en­sure they are qual­i­fied.

He ex­plained that pa­tients may con­tact can­cer if they re­ceived x-rays from peo­ple who were not qual­i­fied.

“It is the right of pa­tients to see the op­er­a­tional li­cense of the per­son ad­min­is­ter­ing x-rays to them to as­cer­tain if he or she is qual­i­fied be­fore he car­ries out the x-ray,” he said.

Ok­paleke added that the board did not just stop at seal­ing the poorly-equipped x-ray units in the hospi­tals but also ar­rested some im­pos­tors who had been work­ing as ra­dio­g­ra­phers at the units.

He said the cen­tres were op­er­at­ing with quacks in un­pro­tected en­vi­ron­ment which posed health hazard to both the per­son op­er­at­ing the x-ray ma­chine and the pa­tients.

While promis­ing to en­sure that the im­pos­tors were pros­e­cuted, he ad­vised hospi­tals and cen­tres wish­ing to ren­der x-ray ser­vices to regis­ter with the board for ef­fec­tive mon­i­tor­ing.

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