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The town hall and stakeholders meeting organised by the Radiographers Registration Board of Nigeria (RRBN) on Thursday 29th July 2021 at Nigeria Institute of Medical Research Yaba was to sensitize the professionals and the public on the need to practice safe and sound radiography.
The theme of the day was “Radiography Practice in Nigeria: Patient-centred Practice and the need for monitoring and enforcement”.
The sub theme was “Radiography Practice in 21st Century: Quackery as an albatross to quality and patient centred practice in Nigeria”
The Chairman of the occasion, Prince Ayo Okhiria admonished the facility owners to meet the expectations of the regulatory body. He assured them that the monitoring exercise is not to witch-hunt anybody but to correct the wrongs.
On his part, Hon. AFK Bakre, the Chairman of the governing board of RRBN called on the employers of labour, in the public and private to encourage good Radiography practice (Diagnostic and radiation therapy practices) through appropriate equipment procurement, employment of qualified and registered Radiographers with requisite skills and professionalism with commensurate remuneration.
He went further to say the stakeholders meeting was to create awareness, educate and sensitise all stakeholders on what radiography practice is all about.
Prof Mark. C. Okeji, the Registrar of RRBN submitted that the board is entrusted with the mandate of ensuring safe use of ionizing radiation in medicine through documentation, inspection and monitoring of all the available radiographic modalities in the country and enforcement of compliance across the country.
The Guest Speaker, Professor K. K. Agwu who delivered a lecture on “Radiography Practice in 21st Century: Quackery as an albatross to quality and patient centred practice in Nigeria” reiterated that there must be a standard for the practice of the profession and the set standard must cut across.
To him, the best way to eliminate quackery is to train and empower professionals. To monitor and prosecute them when necessary. To encourage them to do mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD). To organize regular public enlightenment against quackery.
The colourful program was witnessed by the representative of HEFAMAA’ s Executive Secretary, Dr. Owolabi Olayinka, Chairman,Joint Health Workers Union of Nigeria (JOHESU) in Lagos, Alhaji Tajudeen Olatunji, Chairman, Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists on Nigeria (AMLSN), Mr Olumide Fadipe, Head Lagos state zonal office of Nigeria Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NNRA),
Mr. Okoya Tunji , Chairman, Association of Radiographers of Nigeria (ARN) Lagos State, Rad Opeoluwa Oduwole and President, Association of Medical Ultrasound Practitioners of Nigeria (AMUPN), Dr Bode Adewunmi