Reported by: Belgees Fagier
Khartoum, 8-6-2017 (SUNA)- International Atomic Energy Authority (IAEA) in cooperating with Atomic Energy Authority in Egypt organizedin 21-25 last June , regional workshop titled " Communication with Public in a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency in Sharm Elshaiekh city , Red Sea.
Regional Coordinator of Sudan ,Nahla Solueman said after participating in the workshop that it aimed to recognize and focus on IAEA's directions and guidelines in communicating with public during nuclear or radiological emergency events and discussing available capacities and experiences, besides Needs of African countries to provide best communication with Public in case of emergency.
Importance of the workshop for Sudan came as a continuous step to efforts of preparing National Cadres in this regard, declared Nahla and went non saying As well as , in future comming number of workshops and Training courses will organize to raise awareness level of information for media and journalists in this field. Media plays great and essential role to acknowledge and alert Public in emergency conditions. So to build confidence between the People and concerned bodies, who are the first responders in Nuclear or radiological accidents Nahla said and pointed to another Vital role of media in refuting rumors and publish instead the accrued correct information which will support to control and reduce danger or negative effects of these events.
In the workshop a lot of work papers were tackled on topics as , Rules of Safe communication with Radiations, How to avoid danger of Radiation and the role of Emergency & Accidents Center in IAEA.
Representative of Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) Ekaette Ebong Bassey said" the workshop organized on high professional scale , to draw attention of concerned bodies to necessity of communication with Public and best required mechanism. Participation was good and active due to intense interest of the participants to know and exchange experiences with the others , as it was great opportunity to acknowledge on African countries experiences via practice training during the workshop". Adding that Africa is a huge continent and still there are worries and fears of people in dealing with Nuclear Radiation correctly and safety Basely said and continued the workshop was chance to exchange views and ideas on modern mechanism of communicating with Public through utilizing modern techniques in social media and pointed to importance of cooperation between all African states to achieve progress in this vital field.
The workshop characterized modern scientific method in discussing Listed topics via consisting team groups and practicing lectures for participants to speak on societies of communication with Public , communication in cases of emergency, channels of communication with People , sources of information , editing of Short messages(SMS) and how to control rumors.
On his part, regional coordinator of Egypt and the workshop organizer Dr. Yasier Lashen appreciated the good level of contribution by all members and reviewing experience of some Participant states in the workshop. As well as , the workshop added them additional values and capacities via learning them methods of active and fast communicating during emergency accidents.
The Participant from Egypt , Mr Medhat Naguib from Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority (EAEA) informed that 15 state including Egypt, Sudan , Ghana, Zambia, Najera, Male, Tunisia, Cameron, Burkina Faso, Kenya , Madagascar , Tanzania, South Africa, and Burundi were participated in the workshop, as we hope adding new participants from the rest countries in next workshops.
"Media has great and serious role in delivering information for public Ms Sheila Victoria Gbormittah Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) said and explained we need to cooperate in an Organized work with all available media channels in ordinary times to raise awareness of people with advantages and disadvantages of Nuclear radiation and how to reduce its dangers in case of emergency. Shela said" The Targeted bodies in radiation emergency cases are not only the First Responders , media , or stockholders only but also public or ordinary People who we should communicate with them via all possible methods" . She pointed that the workshop concentrated on mechanism of creating good and strong relations with all media channels in the country , to be ready in case of emergency , that is what w e need in our countries.
Dr. Edward Kiema Kisenge from National Disaster Operation Centre in Kennya confirmed that the workshop opened doors to share experiences and views of African states in frame of recommendations of experts of IAEA . "we got good informatiion via practice applications during workshop days on very minute technical details process to motivate and improve communication with Public during Nuclear or Radiological emergency" Dr Edward said and pointed" we discussed some obstacles that faced some participates countries in their experiences with media's during coverage radiation accidents.
Mr Peter Gaitan Ngamilo who represented Tanzania Atomic Energy Commission in the workshop told , the workshop tackled important issue of communicating with Public in case of nuclear emergency and how to aware people from its danger , we need that matter in our country particular in field of exploring Uranium where happen some operations of explosions for mining process , So part of our responsibility is the Safety of people during this process. According to recommendations of the workshop , All participants called to necessity of collaborating in this field.
"We got good information and directions on methods of communicating with Public, what will be good experiences for our sector in future , Mr William KAMDJO WAKIEU from the National Radiation Protection Agencyin Cameron said.
The expert in Nuclear Medicine and Director of National Centre for Radiation Protection in Tunisia , Dr. Mohamad Suleiman noted to the highly significance of the workshop to train concerned bodies and people who may Exposed to danger of radioactive Devices how to communicate with Public in cases of emergency events. In Tunisia , we have number of governmental and Private centers of Radiation Treatment and some industrial Centers use Radiation in industrial purposals Dr. Suleiman said and continued every state has its internal laws and legislations to organize process of dealing with Nuclear radiation and methods of avoiding its negative impacts , but in case of emergency , kind of disturbance are happing . and as a result, there will be inaccuracy in getting or transfer the correct information about the event . Fore that, fast and good communication with Public are required via all media channels and that is what the participants learned in the workshop via sharing experiences and guidelines of the experts lecturers of IAEA.
Important to say , the workshop was one of the technical project activities ( Strengthen and Organizing National Capacities of Nuclear & Radioactive Responding ) n year 2017 and one of the regional Coordination Projects with IAEA. Sudan is one of the active participants in the project , while many activities were accomplished on regional and international activities since 2005 to qualify cadres of First Responders for Radioactive incidents in cooperating with number of concerned bodies such as General Administration of Civil Defense, Federal ministry of Heath, General Administration of Forensic Evidence in addition to other s who involve in process of dealing with Radiation activities