Japan Radiation-More Forthcoming Info?

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Japan Radiation-More Forthcoming Info?

Becoming more aware of threat to credibility as well as health, officials starting with Japan and to the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), there has been evident effort to be more forthcoming with updates regarding the nuclear reactor emergency and radiation. The United Nations World Health Organization provided its own update on recommendations related to health concerns.


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(English) Gregory Hartl, Spokesperson for Global Alert and Response, World Health Organization
“We have all heard stories of stocking of potassium iodide and/ or of salt, and just to remind you all that potassium iodide should only be taken when there is a clear public health recommendation to do so. Indiscriminate use of the product can cause side effects such as inflammation of the salivary glands, nausea, rashes, intestinal upset and possible severe allergic reactions.”
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Gregory Hartl, Spokesperson for Global Alert and Response, World Health Organization
“WHO is not advising travel restrictions to Japan, and secondly that for people coming from Japan, only those involved in the emergency response, near the plant remain where there are higher levels of radioactivity. For their own safety, all personnel there would undergo decontamination procedures when they leave the site. In general, travellers returning from Japan do not represent a health hazard.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Gregory Hartl, Spokesperson for Global Alert and Response, World Health Organization:
“Food that was dispatched before the emergency situation from the zone in question would not be affected. And at the moment, concern about radiation and food would be restricted to food from the affected zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, produced after the leakage of radioactivity began. However, given the reported winter conditions in the area, and given that there are no crops being grown in outside fields or food animals being raised or grazing outside, it would be unlikely that substantial food production or harvesting intended for export is taking place.”
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STORYLINE:

The World Health Organization (WHO) provided an update today (18 March) of its recommendations regarding health concerns related to the nuclear crisis in Japan.

WHO Spokesman Gregory Hartl told journalists in Geneva that potassium iodide “should only be taken when there is a clear public health recommendation to do so” and that its indiscriminate use “can cause side effects such as inflammation of the salivary glands, nausea, rashes, intestinal upset and possible severe allergic reactions.”

It is also dangerous to take large amounts of iodized salt in order to increase the amount of stable iodine in the body. This salt does not contain enough iodine to be effective and eating excessive amounts of salt can have toxic effects.

Regarding travel to Japan, Hartl explained that WHO is not advising any restrictions at the moment. He also pointed out that “in general, travellers returning from Japan do not represent a health hazard.”

WHO’s guidelines indicate that, if warranted, steps such as restricting the consumption of vegetables and dairy products produced in the vicinity of the power plant can reduce exposure to radioactivity.

However, the WHO Spokesman pointed out that “food that was dispatched before the emergency situation from the zone in question would not be affected” and that “concern about radiation and food would be restricted to food from the affected zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, produced after the leakage of radioactivity began.”

In this respect, he said that “given the reported winter conditions in the area, and given that there are no crops being grown in outside fields or food animals being raised or grazing outside, it would be unlikely that substantial food production or harvesting intended for export is taking place.”

WHO continues to provide updates and answers to the general public's frequently asked questions concerning exposure, food, shelter and individual protective measures on the radiation incident in Japan.

Details

Language: English

Year of Production: 2011

Length: 2 mins

Country: Japan

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Directors:

  • Muhamed Sacirbey, UNTV-WHO

Producers:

  • Susan Sacirbey