At federal level, the authorities concerned, including the FAMHP, are launching a new information campaign on nuclear risk, coordinated by the FPS Interior.
The purpose of this campaign? To explain nuclear risks to the public and present the various actions taken by the organisations concerned to confront these risks, the actions that each citizen can take to prepare themselves for a nuclear accident or respond in the event of one, as well as to organise the preemptive distribution of stable iodine tablets to the most vulnerable citizens.
As of 6 March 2018, stable iodine tablets are being preemptively distributed to the most vulnerable groups in the population. In this context, doctors, pharmacists and other health professionals have an important role to play in correctly informing the public. The FAMHP has already informed pharmacists, via professional associations, of the procedure to be followed in order to procure iodine tablets and how, to whom and in what quantity they should be dispensed.
In response to the lessons learned from exercises carried out in recent years, the 2011 Fukushima disaster and new national and international recommendations on the subject, a new national nuclear emergency plan has now extended the zone for the preemptive distribution of stable iodine tablets around nuclear sites to a 100 km radius. This new measure therefore covers the whole of Belgian national territory.
- what are nuclear risks?
- what are the authorities doing?
- what can you do preventively or in the event of a nuclear accident?
- iodine tablets: who are they for? Where can they be acquired? When and how should they be taken?
In order to respond to all of the questions that citizens may have, the federal authorities concerned remain at the disposition of communes situated within nuclear emergency planning zones, for the organisation of public information sessions.
Information sessions intended specifically for doctors, pharmacists, gynaecologists, midwives and head teachers within emergency planning zones are also being held during March 2018.