RIMS X-ray machine sealed, 10 others under scanner

IMPHAL, 25th Sep: At a time when the state government has been pressing the centre to elevate Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) to the status of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), Mumbai under the central government has sealed an X-Ray machine of the medical institute for violating Rule 3 of Atomic Energy (Radiation Protection) Rules 2004 under Section 16 and 17 of the Atomic Energy Act, 1962.
A three-member team of AERB on Wednesday morning closely inspected equipment and machines of RIMS, which emit hazardous radiation. During the inspection, the team found an X-Ray machine of Department of Radiology violating laid-out health norms and later sealed it. The team also warned of sealing 10 other equipment which generated hazardous radiation in case RIMS authority fails to run the equipment as per the guidelines within a month.
Three AERB scientific officers inspected Department of Radiology, Dental College and Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory to ascertain whether the units are running in accordance with the mandatory guidelines or not. They found doors of the Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory closed and X-Ray technicians not wearing the required badge of Thermoluminescent Dosimeter (TLD) to save themselves from exposing to harmful radiation. The technicians were also found not wearing lead apron inside the laboratory. TLD badge of the laboratory technicians and other staff concerned was found not renewed every three months. The last renewal was done in last year. The medical diagnostic X-Ray machine was found not possessing the required license from AERB.
Scientific officer Pradeep Kumar conveyed that it is mandatory for all the government hospitals, private hospitals and diagnostic laboratories of the country to obtain license from AERB for installing equipment and machines which release radiation hazardous to human health and they must follow the guidelines of Atomic Energy (Radiation Protection) Rules 2004.
He said that AERB is also inspecting hospitals and diagnostic laboratories in other north east states as well and equipment and machines found violating the guidelines will be sealed.
He revealed that the team had inspected three private hospitals and one diagnostic laboratory of the state on Tuesday and during the inspection, the private hospitals with exception to Babina Diagnostic Centre were found violating the guidelines.
On the other hand, RIMS Medical Superintendent Dr Ch Arunkumar has disclosed that a nine-member committee, including two physicists has been formed following the inspection.

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