If the health needs of over 170 million Nigerians are to be met maximally, a total of over 100,000 radiographers are needed in the country as investigations have revealed that the current number is inefficient.
In other to make the profession more attractive to Nigerians, especially undergraduates, a 5-man committee has been set up to review the radiography curriculum and proffer solutions that will encourage Nigerian universities to adopt the course as one of study as only six universities in the country offer it at undergraduate level.
Mr. Micheal Sunday Okpaleke, a member of the Radiographers Registration Board of Nigeria (RRBN), while at the opening ceremony of the post-graduate ultrasound course 2016/2017 module made it known that based on statistics, a radiographer is what is being dedicated to serving about a thousand population and that having a population of about 170 million, we would be needing over 100,000 radiographers in the country is the needs of Nigerians are to be met.
He further stated that the role of radiographers in any health facility cannot be underestimated as they are always needed in the detection of diseases with the aim of treatment and cure.
There is a need to improve on the curriculum of radiographers in order to meet up with global trends. Radiography is technology dependent and it changes from time to time. It is dynamic. The contribution of radiographers is key and very important – he said.