Norwegian Directorate of Health asks municipalities to review iodine emergency preparedness level 

Photo: Terje Bendiksby / NTB

The Norwegian Directorate of Health asks the country’s municipalities to review iodine preparedness levels for children under 18, pregnant women, and women who are breastfeeding.

Since 2017, such tablets have been recommended as a contingency measure by the Directorate for Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety (DSA) and the Norwegian Directorate of Health.

According to the Norwegian Directorate of Health, approximately 2.2 million tablets have been stored in the municipalities for this purpose. In addition, people between the ages of 18 and 40 are recommended to buy iodine tablets at pharmacies as a self-preparedness measure.

Higher risk

“Although no emissions from nuclear power plants in Ukraine have been reported, the risk of accidents and incidents is higher than normal due to the war in the country,” assistant health director Espen Rostrup Nakstad noted in a press release.

“Therefore, we ask the municipalities to go through their systems and make sure that iodine tablets can be made available to children under 18 years, pregnant women, and women who are breastfeeding at short notice,” he added.

If a situation of radioactive fallout that affects Norway arises, as happened after the Chernobyl accident in 1986, taking such a tablet could prevent the uptake of radioactive iodine into the thyroid gland, which poses a risk of cancer in young people.

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3 Comments on "Norwegian Directorate of Health asks municipalities to review iodine emergency preparedness level "

  1. Yes, the pills are important, but what is REALLY needed is genuine civil defense/sivillforsvars for everyone in Norway … not just the elites … since the Norwegian government has us all at risk getting itself into the war with arms shipments.
    (As far as Norway breaking the 100 year old equal access Svalbard treaty with its limited no-fly zone, is that to ensure no Russian military activity into the islands? If not, it’s a senseless provocation … too.)

    And REAL civil defense means overhead shelters – 30 cms concrete or 45 cms densely packed/rammed earth, plus plastic sheeting and duct tape for blown-out windows to stop the radioactive winds – to stop radioactive fallout.
    And there must be water, food, medical and sanitary supplies (including diapers), and more for up to 3 months.
    And Norwegian – not vigilante or some other – law must be enforced in the shelters.

    If this does escalate into nuclear war … which Norway’s government has already done the opposite of trying to stop … the fallout coming over from Britain – which has done the most provoking of the Russians – will be *intense*, for weeks. Then too, if NATO nuclear missile submarines are hiding out in Norwegian fjords, the nuclear blasts to destroy them will wash high intensity fallout all over Norway.

    (My understanding is that the pills themselves can become destructive if people are forced to take them repeatedly.)

    These things must be done NOW. There won’t be TIME like there was in April 1940.

    And this should have already been done. Norwegian families’ safety should have been the top Forsvars priority – NOT more war toys!
    It’s like Norway’s … slow 🙄 … implementation of facemasking which was always the obvious first line of defense against an airborne disease like COVID.

  2. I should add that there are 20 litre water jugs available in hardware stores for work sites.
    However, I cannot find water purification tablets … so far.
    One sports store chain used to carry them in Camping but no longer does, and in my local pharmacy store the girl said they don’t carry them.
    A local resident had just purchased the civil defense iodine pills, and I mentioned the radio to her.

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