The Association of Radiographers of Nigeria has warned members of the public against patronising quacks in the health sector, saying their activities are capable of generating radiation that may lead to “adverse effects”.
In a statement issued by the state chairman of the association in Lagos, AFK Bakre, the group insisted that only a recognised radiographer is licensed to “dispense ionizing radiation on bodies.”
The radiographers who expressed their readiness to to mark the annual “World Radiography Day” today, November 8, 2016 in Lagos, said it had become pertinent for Nigerians to know more about ”the art and science of using any form of electromagnetic radiation and wave form of energies on humans, animals and objects that could lead to the production of any forms of medical/industrial imaging.”
“Members of the public patronizing any facilities/hospitals must know that it is their right to ask questions about the standard of the service they receive. This is because the adverse effect of radiation can lead to serious consequences. Only a licensed radiographer is empowered by law to dispense ionizing radiation on bodies,” a part of the statement read.
The statement also warned that anybody engaging in the practice of radiography without adequate registration of the hospital/ facility and personnel is doing so illegally in Nigeria.
Nurudeen Oyewole, Lagos
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