Politics Prevents Children From Being Screened For Radiation Exposure

Political infighting is causing a shortage of testing equipment in Fukushima. One specific incident is Minamisoma Municipal Hospital. The hospital can screen 110 children per day with the current equipment they have. There is a widespread shortage of whole body counting scanners in the region. Some other cities and private medical facilities have given up and started the search to obtain equipment through other means. The lack of scanners was understandable soon after the disaster. Almost a year later and delays being caused by politics is simply wrong.

Currently of the small number of children screened in Minamisoma, 51% have shown with internal cesium contamination.  This is higher than in other areas around the region and there is reason to suspect some children may have been considerably exposed yet have not had access to a diagnostic scan to determine their exposure levels. One local doctor wrote in Sentaku magazine that the situation is problematic enough that it will impact the ability of people to receive timely medical help due to lack of enough scanning equipment.

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