Pills against nuclear radiation in Finnmark

The public health service in Sør-Varanger, the Norwegian municipality bordering Russia, starts distribution of iodine pills to the population as a preventive health measure in case of a nuclear accident on the Kola Peninsula.

Tor Ø. Seierstad. Photo: Kåre M. Hansen/Finnmarken.

Tor Ø. Seierstad. Photo: Kåre M. Hansen/Finnmarken.

The public health service in Sør-Varanger municipality starts distribution of iodine pills to the population as a preventive health measure in case of a nuclear accident in the Kola Peninsula. From March 1 the public health service in the border municipality Sør-Varanger starts to distribute cancer prophylactic iodine pills to all children and adolescents under the age of 18.

Within relatively close proximity to Sør-Varanger, on the Kola Peninsula, a nuclear power plant, nuclear submarine bases, nuclear waste storages and other radioactive sources are located. 

“We do not expect a nuclear disaster to happen, but one should keep in mind that something might go wrong and have a plan ready,” chief physician Tor Seierstad told the newspaper Finnmarken.

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