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Security Agencies should Integrate Nuclear Studies into Training to Combat Risks of Illegal Material Access – AEC

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By Ivan Kaahwa

You may often encounter highly guarded machines in areas with a large number of people or witness luggage being scanned without physical opening.

These machines utilize nuclear energy to scan bags without the need for physical inspection, primarily in areas prioritizing enhanced safety among the population.

Radioactive sources are also present in hospitals, where scans are conducted on individuals. These facilities are closely monitored by security to prevent misuse, with the Atomic Energy Council overseeing their peaceful applications and ensuring that radiation exposure to officers and the public is minimized

Engaging with experts from the Atomic Energy Council equips security officers with the necessary skills and information to safeguard against nuclear material.

Officers are tasked with preventing the illegal transfer of nuclear or radioactive materials within communities to prevent their malicious use. Illegally accessed radioactive materials can have severe economic, social, and political consequences, necessitating a multi-agency approach to enhancing safety.

This entails officers being aware of both the opportunities and challenges associated with nuclear technology while meeting security obligations. Therefore, the Atomic Energy Council raises awareness and builds capacity for front line institutions like the police to supplement each other’s efforts. It actively creates awareness about threats and educates stakeholders to uphold safety and security. The chief executive officer for the Atomic Energy Council, Deogratias Luwalira proposes the integration of nuclear studies into the training programs of the Uganda Police Force and other agencies to foster awareness of the need to safeguard the population against the potential impact of nuclear energy.

Uganda is not an exception in adopting nuclear technology in various sectors such as medical, industrial, agriculture, education, and research for socio-economic development.

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  1. Kent

    March 2, 2024 at 4:09 pm

    With such a training or inclusion, the country shall have a better management and response to nuclear and radiation related catastrophes

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