Board arrests 7 unqualified Radiographers in Kaduna 

Board arrests 7 unqualified Radiographers in Kaduna 

The federal Ministry of Health through one of its regulatory Agencies, the Radiography Registration  Board of Nigeria (RRBN) recently embarked on a maiden surveillance in Kaduna state during which many  facilities were visited and seven unqualified Radiographers arrested.  

The Radiography Registration Board also seized ultrasound machines from many  unlicenced centres operating in Kaduna metropolis and Zaria. 

In a statement made available to Vanguard journalist in Kaduna on behalf of the chief Executive of the Board, Prof Mark Okeji the Head of the Inspection and monitoring team, Mr Ebere Onwuegbuchu explained that the inspection team had during the maiden surveillance in Kaduna state discovered that innocent Nigerians are been lured and extorted by unqualified Radiographers at various locations, a situation that often results in nonclinical significance and untimely death.  

According to the inspection and monitoring team of the Radiography Registration board of Nigeria, there is also a clear case of abuse on the use of ultrasound mechanism across Kaduna state by untrained individuals who claimed to have received training at various unaccredited training institutions in the country and beyond while also parading themselves as laboratory technicians.   

The statement, however, added that in line with its mandate,the Radiography Registration board of Nigeria (RRBN) will not relent on its resolve and determination towards ensuring that only qualified and registered radiographer’s are allow to practice in hospitals, clinics and relevant health centres where radiant energies are been used for public health,Stressing that if a person handling ionizing radiator source on a patient is not trained,registered and licensed, there is is the high possibility of inaccuracies while also giving wrong quality of radiation capable of predisposing the patients to bodily harm ranging from cancer and other genetic mutation. 

The Radiography Registration board of Nigeria therefore advised the populace to always confirm the status of persons attending to then as well as the registration and license of the centres where such services are been rendered to avoid damages on public health, pointing out that patients are always at liberty to check on the permit and Registration certificate awarded by approving authorities, especially the Radiography Registration board of Nigeria (RRBN) with a view to identifying the certified radiographer’s at their location.  

The Radiography Registration board of Nigeria was established by decree No 42 of 1987 which is now Act CapR1 Law of the federation, 2004 to train persons who would be radiographer’s, having a register of persons practicing Radiography in Nigeria and to regulate the practice of Radiography in hospitals, clinics and health centres where radiant energies are been used.

 

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