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What should be done about iodine ?

83% of local gov'ts have anxiety in distributing iodine preparation




FUKUSHIMA (Kyodo) -- A Kyodo News survey showed Sunday that 83 percent of local governments nationwide have anxiety about distributing iodine preparation to their residents in case of a nuclear crisis, partly because they do not know how to instruct residents to take it.

Some said they have not yet decided how to distribute the medicine to prevent thyroid cancer in case of disaster, while others said they are uncertain if they could get appropriate instruction from the central government for the distribution and use of it.

After the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was hit by the deadly earthquake and tsunami on March 11 last year, its neighboring municipalities could not distribute iodine preparation to most of their residents, although they stockpiled it, as the central government did not instruct them how to distribute it and how to take it.

The results of the survey indicate that many local authorities are still having difficulties in preventing internal exposure.

The survey was conducted on a total of 1,789 prefectural and municipal governments in February, of which 1,517 responded.

Among those who feel anxiety about distributing iodine preparation, some said they do not clearly know when to instruct residents to take it or they lack measures to prevent adverse effects and accidental ingestion.


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