Japan hasn’t fully addressed the health concerns of the workers and residents who were affected by the Fukushima nuclear meltdown of 2011, according to Anand Grover, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health. He made the statements after am 11-day survey of the area and nearby places also affected by the nuclear plant accident.
Grover said that there is too much optimism about the lack of permanent and long-term risks of radiation on the victims, rather than an emphasis on regular health checks to ensure the future of the people. Many nuclear plant workers have no access to permanent and regular health checks, and they’re the ones who are most at risk. He also relayed the residents’ complaints that they don’t have access to the results of their health-check results. One of the biggest criticisms about the Japanese government in the aftermath of this disaster is that there seems to be a lot of cover-ups and delays in disclosing key radiation information that are crucial for residents and workers.
The Fukushima nuclear crisis, caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, is the worst nuclear disaster since the Chernobyl disaster of 1986. Different studies have shown that the physical and psychological effects will continue in the next few years and so the government needs to monitor them closely and offer assistance whenever needed and necessary.
[ via Washington Post ]
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