Romania is launching a campaign to inform its citizens how to store and take iodine tablets in case of a nuclear incident as Russia’s offensive in neighboring Ukraine continues.
“At the moment there is no danger that requires taking these pills,” emphasized the Romanian Ministry of Health in a statement today.
The country has decided to make iodine tablets available to all people under the age of 40 from mid-April. In preparation, the ministry will launch a public information campaign starting Monday, advising people on how to take preventive measures to avoid exposure to radiation.
Though there is no explicit mention of the potential threat of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Romania borders the war-ravaged country where, until recently, Russian troops controlled both Europe’s largest nuclear power plant and the destroyed Chernobyl site. Russia also has an arsenal of nuclear weapons.
Romania’s policies will join those of Finland, Bulgaria, Belgium and others, which have been providing free iodine tablets to their citizens for some time, with some countries reporting a rush for pills since the Russian invasion.
In a nuclear incident, radioactive iodine can become airborne. Everything that is inhaled or ingested is absorbed by the thyroid, leading to thyroid cancer. Iodine tablets can block this absorption and reduce the risk of cancer.
In his latest rating On the risks, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Saturday that Ukraine was “assessing the possibility” of resuming control of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant after Russian forces withdrew from the site after a five-week occupation.
The Russian military has continued to control the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant in the south of the country since it seized the huge facility on March 4.
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