RPAZ joins Parirenyatwa on World Cancer Day commemorations

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The Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe staff with Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals team during the clean up campaign

By Donald Nyandoro
The Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe (RPAZ) on Friday joined Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in a clean-up campaign to commemorate 2022 World Cancer Day held under the theme, ‘Close the care gap’.

The 2022 World Cancer Day commemorations coincided with the national clean-up day which is comes every first Friday of each calendar month.

The Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe staff with Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals team during the clean up campaign

Radiation Protection Authority of Zimbabwe is the regulatory and licensing body for radiation users in the country.

Parirenyatwa has a radiotherapy centre where cancer patients are treated using radiation technologies.,

RPAZ Ceo, Justice Chipuru said as a regulatory authority, their objective is to ensure people are not unnecessarily exposed to radiation, reducing chances of getting cancers from radiation exposure.

“As the World Cancer Day commemoration day we saw it fit to join the hospital in the clean-up campaign to raise awareness over care for cancer patients.

“We have a system of compliance assurance where we inspect to ensure that standards are upheld by users of radiation so that there is no unnecessary exposure to members of the public and that radiation workers are exposed within the allowable dose limits for their own protection,” he said.

“We have quite a varied base of stakeholders including research and academic institutions. We do the licensing from PRAZ as provided for by Radiation Protection Act Chapter 15.50 and we inspect adherence to the licensing conditions that would have been given by the authority,” Chipuru said.

World Cancer Day commemorations are held around the world to raise awareness on cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection and treatment.