Atomic Energy Commission begins radon gas mapping

BY: Edward Acquah
 Dr Irene Opoku-Ntim (right), Head of the Nuclear Tracks Detection Lab at the National Nuclear Research Institute, taking our reporter, Edward Acquah, through the testing systems developed at the institute
Dr Irene Opoku-Ntim (right), Head of the Nuclear Tracks Detection Lab at the National Nuclear Research Institute, taking our reporter, Edward Acquah, through the testing systems developed at the institute

The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) has started an exercise to map out various places across the country with high concentration of a naturally occurring dangerous gas to prevent people from becoming victims of its negative effects.

Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer, is colourless, odourless and naturally found in the atmosphere in small amounts.

However, it can occur in high concentrations in some areas, and where people reside in those areas, repeated exposure to it can lead to the contraction of lung cancer.

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