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IAEA to establish radiation safety regulatory center here

The Minister of Health Doctor Williamina Jallah lauds the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for its thought to establish a radiation safety regulatory infrastructure in Liberia.

Radiation contains sources with electromagnetic radiation used for diagnostic purposes, medicine for cancer treatment and in industry to verify quality of road construction, among others. Minister Jallah says need for the establishment of the radiation safety regulatory infrastructure in the country cannot be overemphasized.

According to a press release, she notes that Liberia has been part of the IAEA since 1962 something, she says many people do not know.The release discloses that Minister Jallah made the statement recently at the start f a four-day workshop on the establishment of Radiation Safety Regulatory Infrastructure held at the Ministry of Health in Oldest Congo Town.

The workshop was sponsored by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH),bringing together over 50 participants from government line ministries, civil society organizations and university students.

Minister Jallah encouraged the participants to take the workshop seriously to enable them understand why establishing radiation safety and security infrastructure in Liberia is important.

She expresses hope that the visit of the IAEA advisory mission to the country would yield result.For his part, the head of delegation of the IAEA advisory mission to Liberia Dariusz Mroz says the organization has plan to assist Liberia in building and strengthening safety infrastructure for the control of sources of ionizing radiation that are used in medicine, industry and agriculture.

According to the head of delegation, the visit is a follow-up to similar mission that took place in 2016, adding that 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 control radiation sources. Mroz discloses that the advisory team comprised of four experts. Press Release

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