Radiation Levels from Laboratory Wastes and Pharmacy Items at Four Hospitals in Harar and Dire Dawa Towns

  • Haftu Brhane Natural and Computational Sciences
  • Endale Tamiru Natural and Computational Sciences
  • Gelana Amente Natural and Computational Sciences
  • Biniyam Nigussie Natural and Computational Sciences
Keywords: Background radiation, Man-made radiation, Radiation levels, radiation rate

Abstract

Human beings are always exposed to radiation in one form or another. Though little could be done to minimize the background natural radiation, it is possible to minimize exposure to manmade radiation, to a certain extent. In this study radiation level measurements were conducted, at two private and two public hospitals in Harar and Dire Dawa towns. Radiation rate measurements were conducted on pharmacy items and laboratory wastes of each hospital using Universal survey meter (RDS-200) and Electronic Personal Dosimeter (mini-6100) for eight days. Radiation rate measurements using both instruments did not reveal significant radiation levels above the background in pharmacy items and laboratory wastes at the hospitals studied. This indicates that pharmacy workers and the public living close to lab wastes are not currently at the risk of exposure to dangerous levels of radiation in both towns.

Author Biographies

Haftu Brhane, Natural and Computational Sciences
Haramaya University, College of Natural and Computational Sciences
Endale Tamiru, Natural and Computational Sciences
Haramaya University, College of Natural and Computational Sciences
Gelana Amente, Natural and Computational Sciences
Haramaya University, College of Natural and Computational Sciences
Biniyam Nigussie, Natural and Computational Sciences
Haramaya University, College of Natural and Computational Sciences
Published
2017-01-01
Section
Articles

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