The Minister of Health, Dr. Williamina Jallah, has lauded the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for its establishment of a radiation safety regulatory infrastructure in Liberia.
Radiation sources are the sources of electromagnetic radiation that can be used for diagnostic purposes, medicine for cancer treatment and to verify the quality of road constructions etc.
She said the need for the establishment of the radiation safety
regulatory infrastructure in the country cannot be overemphasized.
According to a release issued in Monrovia and signed by Ms. Felecia Gbesioh, Director of Communication at the Ministry, Dr. Jallah said it is very important to have atomy safety regulation in place.
She noted that Liberia has been part of the IAEA since 1962, something she said a lot of people do not know.
The release said Min. Jallah made the statement recently at the
the opening of a four-day workshop for the establishment of the Radiation Safety Regulatory Infrastructure held on the second-floor conference room of the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Oldest Congo Town Paynesville.
The workshop has been sponsored by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH). It brought together over 50 participants drawn from line Ministries of government as well as civil society organizations and students of various universities in the Country.
Minister Jallah encouraged participants to take the workshop seriously so as to enable them understands the reason why the establishment of radiation safety and security infrastructure in the country is important.
The Liberia Health Minister expressed the hope that the
visit of the IAEA advisory mission in the country should not be one of those visits that had not yield the result.
For his part, the head of delegation of the IAEA advisory mission to Liberia, Dariusz Mroz, said the IAEA mission has the objective to assist Liberia in building and strengthening the safety infrastructure for the control of sources of ionizing radiation that are used in medicine, industry, and agriculture.
According to the head of the delegation, the visit of the advisory
mission is a follow-up to a similar mission that took place in 2016.
He said the role of the advisory mission is to find out how the
recommendation of the 2016 mission has been implemented in Liberia in order to create infrastructure regular control of radiation sources.
Mroz disclosed that the advisory team comprises four radiations safety and radiation security experts.