The Head of Physics and Radiation Protection Institute (RPI), at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, Dr.Joseph Amoako, has proposed the establishment of a National Compliance Laboratory for mobile phones imported into the country.
That, he said, would help regulate the level of radiation produced by some phones, with the tendency to harm the users.
He made the suggestion at Nkawkaw in the Eastern Region, at a forum on the dangers posed by mounting of telecommunication masts,
He said mobile phone importers, should comply with the internationally recommended standards of the Specific Absorbing Rate (SAR) value of 1.6 watts per kilogramme (W/kg) because non-compliance had the tendency of compromising the health of users.
Dr. Amoako urged the National Communications Authority to take samples to the laboratory, test them, and those not in compliance should be exposed to ensure some level of education to the public, to save them from falling victim.
He allayed fears of the general public that siting a telecommunication mast in one’s vicinity could be harmful.
According to the RPI head, due to the measures put in place, the radiations produced by the masts were not harmful to the health of the immediate community, as perceived.
The Administrator of GIFEC, Mr. Kwabena Acheampong, expressed his excitement about the successes chalked by the initiative, adding that they had been achieving their aim.
By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme