The Vice Chancellor of the Lagos State University (LASU), Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, says ensuring the health and well-being of workers handling radioactive materials should be of utmost concern in the country.
The VC stated that this was important as the use of radiation material in all sectors continue to increase.
Prof. Fagbohun, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Oyedamola Oke, declared this at the 10th year Anniversary of the LASU Radiation Monitoring and Protection Service (LASU-RAMPS), in Lagos.
Report revealed that the topic of the Anniversary lecture was: ‘Radiation Protection in Application of Ionizing Radiation Monitoring and Protection Service’.
LASU VC charged health physicists to evaluate the consequences of long term exposure, as radioactive sources continues to increase in human activities, adding that the balance between risk and benefit was the main inspiration of the Radiation Monitoring and Protection Services towards the control of exposure of people to harmful radiation.
“As radioactive sources continue to play increasing role in human activities, from agriculture to food processing, it is vital that health physicists not only monitor, but also assess, evaluate and compare the consequences of long-term exposure.
“It is also important that Nigeria research findings inform research policy and scientific discussions at local, national and international level,” the VC stated.
In his remark, Registrar of the institution, Olayinka Amuni, said the purpose of radiation protection is to prevent deterministic health effects and minimize probabilistic health effects to the possible extent.
The LASU-RAMPS was officially commissioned on Nov. 27, 2008 by the then Pro-Chancellor of the institution, Akin Kekere-Ekun, under the leadership of the then Vice Chancellor, Prof. L.A. Hussain.