The Atomic Energy Council has advised Ugandans to desist from seeking services from radioactive unlicensed facilities due to the high health risks that may occur due exposure to ionizing radiation.
The Chief Executive Secretary AEC, Mr Deogratias Noah Luwalira says Ugandans should only seek services from facilities, especially health facilities that have evidence of license from the council.
“When you visit a health faculty that uses the radioactive technology, demand to see their license from AEC. If they do not have one, please opt for another facility that is licences. This will save you from being unnecessarily exposed to radiation that may cause adverse health effects” he said.
This was during a national media training held recently at Imperial Royal Hotel in Kampala.
The training was intended to equip journalists from different parts of Uganda with knowledge on the Radioactive operations, applicability and dangers.
“We have been carrying out trainings for different stakeholders on our operations because we want to work together to make Uganda safe from Radioactive Dangers. The media is a very important player in dissemination of information and sensitization of the public ” Mr Luwalira said.
Currently, there are about 300 licensed Radioactive facilities in Uganda while 110 facilities are registered but unlicensed.
The Automatic Energy Council is a government statutory body under The ministry of Energy and Mineral Development that was put in place in 2008 by the Atomic Energy Act to regulate, supervise and licence Radioactive facilities/sources in Uganda.
According to Luwalira, the council is still facing challenges like lack of enough technical staff, lack of public awareness on the mandate and authority of the council, an in updated Atomic Law that does not canter for the international demands among other issues.