When the word pollution is mentioned, what comes to the mind of many Kenyans is garbage, industrial effluent and exhaust fumes. When narrowed down to indoor air quality, smoke from kerosene lamps and firewood fires top the list. There is however one contaminant that by and large goes unnoticed despite being present in virtually every building including dwellings, offices and schools. This contaminant is radon, a radioactive gaseous isotope that forms naturally in rock, soil and in groundwater. Radon is a carcinogen and one of the main causes of lung cancer in the general population.

It is in view of the limited knowledge and information on the radon situation in the Kenya coupled with the risk associated with the isotopes that the Kenyan Radon Association (KeRA) was formed. The main objective of KeRA is to educate Kenyans on issues pertaining to radon gas such as the source, measurement. mitigation and the health implications that may occur due to prolonged exposure.

Additionally, KeRA will provide information on other radiation exposure sources such as naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) and anthropogenic sources found in hospitals, industries and nuclear facilities.

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Radon measurement

"Creating awareness about radon isotopes and radiation protection in Kenya"