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Finland asks the population to buy iodine tablets in the face of nuclear threat

The Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland Tuesday asked the population under 40 to acquire potassium iodide tablets as a preventive measure in case of risk of nuclear radiation.

As explained by this ministry in a statement, There are currently no iodine tablets for children under three on sale in Finland, so health centers will have to import them and distribute them to parents and pregnant women.

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The potassium iodide is an iodine salt that prevents the absorption of radioactive iodine through the thyroidwhich can cause cancer or damage to this gland when the body is exposed to Nuclear radiation.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the consumption of iodine tablets in the event of a nuclear accident for people up to 40 years of age and for pregnant women to protect the fetus.

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The Finnish authorities recalled that the most effective way to reduce radiation exposure is take refuge indoors, while the consumption of potassium iodide is “a complementary precautionary measure”.

They also asked citizens not to take the pills on their own and wait for the civil protection authorities to launch an emergency notice if necessary.

Many Finns stocked up on iodine tablets last spring after Russia launched its military offensive against Ukraine.for fear of an eventual nuclear conflict.

Finlandwhich it shares with Russia 1,340 kilometers of border, has developed for decades a comprehensive plan to prepare its population for possible wars, nuclear accidents and natural disasters.

The Nordic country has a massive network of civil protection shelters, large strategic reserves of supplies and emergency protocols to deal with almost any eventuality.

Source: Elcomercio

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