Zimbabweans are at risk of radiation exposure with more than 100 institutions having failed to comply with radiation protection regulations.

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The generality of Zimbabweans are at risk of developing preventable cancers and other damages that come with exposure to radiation as over 100 institutions including public health facilities are yet to comply with radiation protection regulations.

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The Radiation Protection Authority CEO, Mr Reward Severa says the situation is worrying and warrants the law to take appropriate measures to ensure the public is protected.

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“We want the law to be enforced as most health institutions are putting people at risk and causing unnecessary deaths. We will not hesitate to take action,” said Mr Severa.

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The Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe is mandated to ensure the protection of users of radiation emitting equipment and is compelled to confiscate equipment, stop and close operations of facilities of non-compliant firms.

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Radiation is emitted by X-ray machines, radiotherapy equipment, metal detectors, electricity generation and academic and scientific applications, among other things and the populace is at risk of developing medical problems if exposed.