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A Radiologist with the Federal Medical Center, Abeokuta, Dr. O. A Ogunmoroti has reiterated the synergy between radiologists and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency to eradicate drug trafficking in Nigeria.
Dr. Ogunmoroti emphasized the significant role of radiology in drug crime detection and control through collaboration with the NDLEA.
He made this declaration on Wednesday, during the 2022 International Day of Radiology, themed “Radiographers at the Forefront of Patients’ Safety” held at the Federal Medical Center, Abeokuta.
According to the expert, radiology plays an important role in drug crime detection and control, there are cases of people who do swallow drugs and deny that they didn’t swallow anything.
“What the NDLEA will say is that they should be taken for scan, CT, and MIR and those drugs will eventually be discovered.
“The NDLEA and radiologist work hand in hand. Even vehicles and gadgets are scanned at the port and these are works of a radiologist. A radiologist is a jack of all trades and we are even trying to be masters of all.
“The NDLEA’s collaboration with the radiologist or radiology department has greatly improved crime detection in Airports and other strategic places.
He noted that as radiology is important in the security sector, its significance can not be overemphasized in the health sector and other sectors.
“Basically there are other applications of this x-ray because we use it in the hospital and we use it in the Ports and other industrial areas.
He, however, emphasized that poverty, lack of awareness, and accessibility have limited the efficiency of radiology in the treatment of cancer.
He noted that there is no center for cancer treatment in Nigeria, saying, people do come out to treat cancer but from experience, the main problem in Nigeria is poverty, awareness, and accessibility to treatment.
“There is no center that carries out cancer treatment in Abeokuta but the hospital management is trying because one of the centers is under construction with the therapy unit.
“All this while, cancer patients have been transferred to Lagos, Ibadan, and Abuja.
It is ongoing in Abeokuta, in no time the facilities will be ready for use.” He added
Earlier, the Head of Department, Department of Radiology, Federal Medical Center, Abeokuta, Dr. Ajadi Abiodun, noted that the theme of this year’s radiology day is to create awareness in the public about the importance of radiologists to their well-being.
“Today we are celebrating the discovery of X-ray. Since its discovery, it has transformed the delivery of the health sector and has great benefits to humanity. And as a result, November 9th was declared the International day of Radiology to celebrate the discovery.
“The theme of this year’s Radiology day is to create awareness among medical practitioners and also the public about the impacts of Radiologists in the delivery of healthcare services.
“This is to ensure the public knows their (radiologists) significance in the health sector.
“Radiology is one of the specialties in the health sector that allows us to know the diagnosis and treatments to be administered to patients.
“Radiology is very important. It is the cornerstone of all healthcare diagnostic services. It is also called the ‘eyes of the medicine.
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