Dr. Francis Hasford
By a unanimous decision, Ghana has been selected by the Council of the Federation of African Medical Physics Organisations (FAMPO) to host the secretariat of the continental body.
The disclosure was made by Sheila Frimpong, Ag Director of the Commercialisation and Communication Directorate of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC).
Thirty African national member organisations endorsed the selection announcement which was made on April 28, 2021 during the organisation’s Extraordinary Meeting held via a virtual platform.
The secretariat is tasked to coordinate the activities of the federation towards the promotion of medical physics on the continent.
FAMPO is a regional federation of the International Organisations for Medical Physics (IOMP) in Africa, established in 2009, to ensure high professional standards among national member organisations, promote collaboration and innovation through partnerships with organisations and academia, and promote talent, information, and ideas that lead to great advances in the medical application of radiation.
National member organisations of FAMPO include, Algeria, Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, and Mauritania.
The rest are Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
According to the Vice President of the Executive Committee of FAMPO, Dr. Francis Hasford, Ghana got the nod from national member organisations because of her exceptional achievements in education, training, and professional practice of Medical Physics.
“The immense contribution of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission in this regard cannot go unmentioned,” he added.
Dr. Hasford, who is also the Head of the Medical Physics Department at the Graduate School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences (SNAS), explained that Ghana as the host of the Medical Physics Secretariat in the African region was a confirmation of the country becoming a regional hub for Medical Physics.
“It is highly anticipated that the placement of FAMPO Secretariat in Ghana will further contribute to attracting Medical Physics students from other African countries to study at SNAS and also attract key projects in radiation medicine to the country,” he said.
Dr. Hasford disclosed that plans were far advanced to acquire an office space for the secretariat. He also noted that the Council of FAMPO in its communique described Ghana as a leader in medical physics practice and training within the African region.
“Ghana is one of the few countries within the region with legislative recognition for the profession. It is anticipated that the experiences of Ghana will be put to bare in managing this very important secretariat,” he added.