EGYPT: KEY ROLE FOR EGYPTIAN RADIATION RESEARCH CENTRE IN DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR MEDICINE,...
- Title: EGYPT: KEY ROLE FOR EGYPTIAN RADIATION RESEARCH CENTRE IN DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR MEDICINE, AGRICULTURE AND INDUSTRY.
- Date: 24th November 1986
- Summary: 1. CAIRO, EGYPT: OCTOBER, 1986: GV EXTERIOR & SV Radiation Research and Training Institute building and sign (2 shots) 0.11 2. SV & GV INTERIOR Boxes of sterilised surgical gloves on conveyor belt (2 shots) 0.24 3. SV Technician at control panel 0.31 4. SVs Technicians test imported food products (3 shots) 0.50 5. SVs Technician testing for radiation levels; print-out on monitoring machinery 1.03 6. SVs Woman lecturer explains functions of centre and equipment to students; monitors, testing equipment (4 shots) 1.18 7. SV Director of the centre, Dr Hamed Shawki El-Kady speaking (ENGLISH SOT) 2.07 8. SV Sign for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine Department in Kasr El-Aini hospital 2.11 9. SVs & CU Patient attended by nursing staff; cobalt machine in place; closed-circuit television pictures of patient receiving treatment; technician watches monitor (4 shots) 2.48 10. SVs Doctor examines patients (2 shots) 3.03 11. SVs Patient having thyroid scan (2 shots) 3.12 12. SCU & SV Kidney scan for patient; print-out on monitoring equipment (2 shots) 3.35 13. SVs Technicians in research laboratory (2 shots) 3.33 TRANSCRIPT: EL-KADY: "This centre anticipates to upscale the capabilities of production in this country as well as to undertake training programmes on the national and regional levels for specialists, biologists, physicians, chemists, physicists and so forth. And I hope we will continue our efforts to collaborate with international organisations and I should like this domain to specify the intimate relationship between this centre and the UK and the British organisations in the upscaling of our capabilities for radiation protection and control." InitialsKO'B/ASB/BB Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: CAIRO, EGYPT
- Country: Egypt
- Duration: 00:03:34
- Topics: General
- Story Text: CAIRO, EGYPT
Egypt's National Centre for Radiation Research and Technology, the first of its kind in the Middle East and Africa, is forging for itself a significant role in developing new technologies for Egypt's medical, agricultural and pharmaceutical industries. With a scientific and support staff numbering 800, the centre has a dual role -- to transfer and adapt radiation technologies for national and international development programmes and Egyptian industries and to carry out intensive research and training schemes.
SYNOPSIS: The radiation research centre works in conjunction with a number of colleges, schools, hospitals and clinics on a national and regional level.
Egypt's fast-growing pharmaceutical industry is already benefitting from the centre's gamma radiation sterilisation facilities. It's a process well-established elsewhere but in the past the Egyptian industry has relied on steam and gas methods. Heat-sensitive disposal plastic products have been damaged by these methods and using gas could introduce unwanted chemical residues.
Imported foods are tested for acceptable levels of radiation, a common form of preservation of foodstuffs. Scientists at the centre are also investigating ways to protect animal feed from deterioration during storage and eliminating bacteria from processed and perishable foods.
Egypt's manufacturing and agricultural industries will have much to gain from the research programmes currently under way at the centre. Scientists are looking closely at ways to improve the quality of cotton and that of other textiles and rubber. Upgrading the quality of local wood, grafting plastic materials and studies of pest control and plant mutations are also under way.
Among the training schemes run by the centre, which have attracted scientists, technicians and researchers from all over the Middle East and Africa, is a four-year programme for 120 Egyptian and African medical specialists working on the treatment of cancer with nuclear-medicine. The centre's director, Dr Hamed Shawki El-Kady:
The oncology and nuclear medicine department of Cairo University's Faculty of Medicine at Kasr El-Aini hospital in Cairo, is among the hospitals and clinics which will be using the research findings and technological developments made at the radiation institute. Among the most important medical uses of the radiation technology will be in the fight against cancer. The centre has a key role in the Egyptian government's nationwide campaign for treatment of and research into the disease. The centre's training programme is aimed at educating specialists to encourage teamwork and sharing of expertise and resources.
The hospital's own radiography department was the first in the region. It now offers comprehensive treatment using the latest in drug and radiation therapies and hopes to set-up a bone-marrow transplant unit. The links between the radiation research and training centre and hospitals like Kasr El-Aini are vital if cancer-treatment and prevention programmes like Egypt's are to be successful -- and the benefits are to be transferred to hospitals and clinics throughout the Middle East and Africa.
<strong>Source: REUTERS - MOHAMED FAHMY</strong>
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