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"Introduction of 5G technology poses no health risks" - Rev. Ing. Yirenkyi Fianko

Updated: May 31

Director of Engineering at the National Communications Authority (NCA), Rev. Ing. Edmund Yirenkyi Fianko has addressed public concerns about the potential health risks associated with the introduction of 5G technology.


During his statement, he emphasized that the frequencies used for 5G are similar to those already in use for television broadcasting, as well as for mobile networks such as 2G, 3G, and 4G.


"Over the years, we've been surrounded by these radio frequencies," Rev. Ing. Fianko said, highlighting the longstanding presence of similar electromagnetic waves in our environment.


He reassured the public that there are stringent international standards regulating the levels of transmission emitted from these frequencies.


Rev. Ing. Fianko mentioned the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) as the governing body that sets these standards.


He further explained that electronic electromagnetic field meters are used to conduct round-trip measurements of radio frequencies over extended periods.


These measurements ensure that the radio towers in operation stay well below the ITNEP’s safety thresholds.


"We are very competitive in maintaining safe levels," he said.


"We live here too. It's not like we are oblivious to these risks. My wife and children are also here, and we wouldn’t advocate for technology that poses any meaningful threat to our health."


Rev. Ing. Fianko dismissed concerns about the potential impact of 5G on pregnancies and general health, describing them as unfounded.


He urged the public to focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle rather than worrying about the new technology.


"In our health risk assessments, we ensure that all safety standards are met. If 5G posed any real danger, we wouldn't support its rollout," he added.


"People should rather concentrate on eating well and staying healthy. There is no need for concern over the 5G safety concerns that emerged in 2020 during the COVID pandemic"


His reassuring message aims to alleviate the fears surrounding the deployment of 5G technology, emphasizing that it is safe and regulated by international standards.


Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith

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