24 Mai 2016
May 23, 2016
Japan's government will open a health counseling service for the growing number of workers engaged in decommissioning the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
The health ministry says about 6,000 people are doing the long-term work of clearing the contamination and closing down the crippled plant. That number has doubled in the past 2 years.
Health care management for workers is a key issue due to radiation concerns. Risk of heat stroke or other health consequences as temperatures rise in the summer are other implications.
The ministry will set up a free consultation desk near the plant in early July. It will send physicians and health counselors knowledgeable about radiation.
The operator and its contractors are basically responsible for worker health checks. But the ministry expects the new service to offer another channel to meet the needs of workers with health problems.