Romanians advised to buy iodine pills over risk of nuclear disaster

Romania’s Health Minister Alexandru Rafila today urged the population under 40 to stock up “as soon as possible” with iodine tablets, given the risk of a nuclear disaster in neighboring Ukraine.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) warned Sunday of the risk of a “nuclear disaster” at the Ukrainian power station in Zaporijia, which has been occupied by Russia since March after the installations were attacked again on Friday, including Kyiv and Moscow accuses each other. This power station, the largest in Europe, is located in a region 700 km from the border with Romania.

The Minister of Health, Alexandru Rafila, urged those under 40 to “present themselves as soon as possible to the family doctor from whom they must ask for a prescription”, reports the Romanian news agency Agerpres. The Ministry of Health released a list of 2,500 pharmacies where people under the age of 40 — the most exposed to developing cancer and thyroid damage due to radiation — can get the pills for free.

After the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, the Romanian government ordered its pharmaceutical industry to redouble the production of iodine tablets in the face of the possibility of a nuclear accident at the former Chernobyl power plant or at another facility on Ukrainian territory. These tablets serve to prevent the absorption of radioactive iodine, helping to eliminate this substance and reduce the risk of getting thyroid cancer.

Community pharmacies are authorized to dispense up to 65ml of potassium iodide, free of charge, with the indication of the family doctor”.

According to the Agerpres agency, quoted by Lusa, the Romanian government has stored 30 million iodine tablets for its population, fearing the risk of a nuclear catastrophe in Ukraine. According to the Romanian Minister of Health, the demand for these pills may already increase today due to the situation in Ukraine.

Source: With Agencies

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