Experts call for more Mobile Towers to contain radiation


Trivandrum: In a move that could put several controversies at rest, experts from the Medical fraternity and the Telecom industry have called for the installation of more mobile towers to contain the risk of non-iodised radiation. At the same time all of them have advised against the excessive use of mobile phones.

The experts from both fields were deliberating at a seminar on ‘Mobile Technology & Health – Promises and Concerns’ organised by the Trivandrum Press Club and the Indian Medical Association (IMA) in Thiruvananthapuram.

In his key note address, renowned cancer specialist, Dr. M V Pillai from the Jefferson University Medical College in USA, stressed that there is no concrete evidence to show that mobile radiation can cause cancer even though there is a possibility of that happening. While elaborating on the possibilities offered by the latest mobile technologies, he also gave an overview of the emerging trends and advantages of m-Health applications for those in the medical profession.

Dr. K G Madhavan Pillai, Vice Chairman, Institute of Medical Sciences, IMA spoke about the current scenario of effective mobile use.

Dr. K A Davis, Director of Radiation Safety, Government of Kerala touched upon the safety of mobile towers and the issue of non-ionised radiation. He admitted that his department could monitor only ionised radiation used in medical profession like X-ray, Gamma, etc.

T Sreenivasan, Director of Telecom Enforcement, Resource & Monitoring (TERM) Cell, Kerala under the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) gave an idea about the work done by his department in ensuring the safety of mobile towers. He added that the radiation levels in Kerala were much lower than the stipulated norms.

Dr. Raghuram K Nair, Head of the Department of Radiation Physics, Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum gave details about the use and safety of mobile phones. He added that the advantages of using a mobile phone safely outweighed the possible hazards.

Dr. Sreejith N Kumar, President, IMA, Kerala; senior practitioners and senior journalists were among those present for the seminar which concluded with a panel discussion.

Anil Philip
Kerala IT News