Scientists at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) are advocating for a law to ensure that buildings are not sited in areas with high concentration of radon gas.
Radon gas (Rn) is an odorless, colorless, naturally-occurring gas which can be found in water, soil and rocks, with varying concentrations.
Dr. Irene Opoku Ntim, a research scientist at GAEC noted toCiti NewsÂ that â€œthis invisible gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer.â€
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However, very few people are aware of this phenomenon and unlike other advanced countries, there are systems in place to check this.
According to the United Stateâ€™s Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), over 21,000 people worldwide die from radon-induced lung cancer.
Dr. Ntim pointed out that local research fingered McCarthy Hill and Donkunah in the Accra, as being concentrated with this deadly gas and that â€œthere is the need for more funds to conduct extensive research.â€
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She added that it is pertinent â€œto map the entire countryâ€ in order to identify which areas are more prone to the gas, and ensure that limited human activity takes place in these places.
Dr. Paulina Amponsah, a seismologist at the Commission echoed the call for a radon law.
In her view, estate developers and homeowners should be made to obtain a radon certificate indicating that it is safe to inhabit those edifices.
She also called on all major stakeholders to lend a hand in pushing for the passage of a radon law in the collective interest of Ghanaians.