Tue Dec 11, 2012, 12:07 AM
wtmusic (39,166 posts)
UNSCEAR, Tokyo University, WHO: "No discernible health effect could be expected" from Fukushima
"The United Nations is to adopt advice on radiation that clarifies what can be said about its health effects on individuals and large populations. A preliminary report has also found no observable health effects from last year's nuclear accident in Fukushima.
Presenting to the UN General Assembly, UNSCEAR's chair Wolfgang Weiss said that preliminary findings were that no radiation health effects had been observed in Japan among the public, workers or children in the area of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. This is in line with studies already published by the World Health Organisation and Tokyo University that showed people near the damaged power plant received such low doses of radiation that no discernible health effect could be expected.
Six workers received total doses of over 250 mSv during their time tackling the emergency, while 170 received doses over 100 mSv. None of these have shown ill effects, said UNSCEAR, stating that radiation played no role in the coincidental deaths of six Fukushima workers in the time since the accident."
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Response to Mnemosyne (Reply #1)
Tue Dec 11, 2012, 02:39 AM
wtmusic (39,166 posts)
2. Which ones?
"Since its inception, UNSCEAR has issued 20 major publications. These authoritative reports are principal sources of information. Year after year, the General Assembly has expressed its appreciation of the Committee's functions and deliberations. With the Russian Federation and Slovakia superseding the USSR and Czechoslovakia in the 1990s, 21 countries provide the present membership of the Committee, working on behalf of the United Nations. More than 50 national organizations and several international organizations provide considerable contributions in kind. The small secretariat in Vienna, linked to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), organizes and services the annual sessions and manages the preparation of documents for the Committee's scrutiny."
"Dr Margaret Chan is the Director-General of WHO, appointed by the World Health Assembly on 9 November 2006. The Assembly appointed Dr Chan for a second five-year term at its sixty-fifth session in May 2012. Dr Chan's new term will begin on 1 July 2012 and continue until 30 June 2017.
Before being elected Director-General, Dr Chan was WHO Assistant Director-General for Communicable Diseases as well as Representative of the Director-General for Pandemic Influenza.
Prior to joining WHO, she was Director of Health in Hong Kong. During her nine-year tenure as director, Dr Chan confronted the first human outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza in 1997. She successfully defeated the spate of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Hong Kong in 2003. She also launched new services to prevent disease and promote better health."