ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission (TAEC) has
shut down diagnostic sections in 55 health facilities across the
east African nation for poor radiation equipment and lack of
qualified staff, a senior official said on Thursday.
The clampdown by the
regulator of nuclear and atomic energy on the facilities follows
an ongoing inspection of medical diagnostic facilities in
various hospitals in the east African nation.
TAEC’s head of communications and marketing unit, said the
shutdown of the diagnostic sections in the health facilities,
citing some flaws in service provision.
According to Ngamilo,
the ongoing inspection had laid bare glaring flaws and
unprofessionalism in the provision of diagnostic services in the
facilities, compelling the regulator to suspend such services in
the medical facilities.
“Some of the centres
aren’t licensed to offer such services while others lacked the
qualified staff to handle the machines hence posing a serious
health hazard for themselves and their clients,” Ngamilo said in
The TAEC official
alleged that the commission had through its inspections and
investigations established some of the X-ray machines which are
used in taking pictures of dense tissues such as bones and teeth
in the hospitals were outdated while in some of the health
facilities had inadequate shielding of the main door leading to
the dental X-Ray room.
have disclosed serious flaws in the provision of X-ray related
services in the facilities which go against the law,” he
business capital launches vaccination against bilharzia
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
More than 600,000 pupils in 708 public and
private primary schools in Tanzania’s business capital Dar es
Salaam were set to receive vaccine against bilharzia in a
massive campaign launched on Thursday.
Grace Magembe, Dar
es Salaam city health officer, said the campaign will target
primary school pupils aged between 5 and 14 years.
Magembe said the
vaccination will be administered both in schools and health
centers in the East African nation’s commercial capital.
Paul Makonda, Dar es
Salaam Regional Commissioner who launched the campaign, said the
initiative was aimed at ensuring that children can properly
pursue education without interference of sicknesses.
He urged parents,
teachers and guardians to support the campaign for the wellbeing
of the children.
parasitical disease which is usually spread by swimming in
contaminated water, is widespread in Tanzania among children,
and transmission tends to coincide with the rainy season.
administration using praziquantel, currently used as a key
intervention measure, has not been successful in decreasing
prevalence of infection.