Two more staffers at the radiography department of the Government Multi Specialty Hospital (GMSH) in Chandigarh who have been detected with high levels of radiation will be sent to Bhaba Atomic Research Centre (BARC) for further examination.
Earlier this month, BARC conducted a chromosome Aberration (CA) test on a GMSH dark room assistant who was detected with high levels of radiation.
Sources at GMSH told The Indian Express that the hospital administration recently received two communications from BARC giving appointments to the two hospital staffers for the test on March 7.
“The monitoring period of the employees when the TLD was recorded over exposure was July-September 2014,” said a hospital official.
TLD (thermoluminescent dosimeter) badges are worn by radiography staff and used for monitoring radiation levels.
The hospital has asked both staffers to report to BARC on the scheduled date. “We have communicated to both of them. The department will bear all the logistic charges,” said the official.
Dr G Dewan, Deputy Medical Superintendent, GMSH confirmed this. “We have received communication and both of them will visit Mumbai for testing,” Dewan told The Indian Express.
He added, “We have modified the infrastructure of the hospital’s radiography department. It has been found that there is no leakage in the X-ray machine.”
According to hospital sources, the hospital administration has now issued orders to shift both staffers out of the radiography lab. A senior hospital official said after the GMSH received the two reports from BARC, senior hospital officials conducted an inspection of the radiology department.
Last month, The Indian Express had reported that a GMSH dark room assistant was detected with high levels of radiation. Since then, the health department took several steps to improve the infrastructure at the radiology department, including two new rooms on a trial run.
A BARC official said the report of the test on the dark room assistant “has been submitted.” Officials at GMSH and a UT health official said they had not seen the report yet.
“We are yet to receive the report,” UT Director of Health Services Dr V K Gagneja told The Indian Express