The United States Department of Energy has initiated a training program to help improve efforts to respond with radiological and nuclear disasters in Vietnam’s central key economic region.
The course, taking place in the central city of Da Nang from August 6 to 10, is organized by the U.S. Department of Energy, in coordination with the Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety under Vietnam’s Ministry of Science and Technology and the Da Nang People’s Committee.
The participants include members of the Da Nang Steering Committee for Radiation and Nuclear Response, along with specialized units and departments of science and technology in other provinces within the central key economic region, namely Thua Thien- Hue, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, and Binh Dinh.
The training program offers exercises on the assessment and solution of emergency radiation situation, basic and advanced knowledge on radiation and related threats, and methods to detect and retrieve missing radioactive sources.
Experts from the U.S. will provide lectures and prepare drills for the attendants.
They also brought more than 40 radiation detection systems to assist the course.
According to Tran Van Vinh, deputy head of the Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety, the training program is necessary as radioactive sources can be extremely dangerous if they lack proper care and control.
Duong Hong Nhat, another official from the agency, stated that Vietnam currently has approximately 5,000 radioactive sources.