Poland has distributed iodine pills, according to Reuters, to regional fire services to be given to people in case of radioactive exposure. These measures are being taken amid growing concern over fighting around Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant.
Bombings at Zaporizhia – Europe’s largest nuclear power plant – have damaged buildings near its six reactors and cut power lines, risking a nuclear disaster affecting neighboring countries. Russia and Ukraine blame each other for the shelling around the factory, which Russia has seized.
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What does the Deputy Minister of the Interior say?
“Following media reports of fighting near the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant we decided in advance to take protective measures for the distribution of iodine,” Deputy Interior Minister Blazey Pomposi told private radio station Radio Zet.
“I would like to assure all citizens that these are routine, precautionary actions aimed at protecting us in the event of a situation, which I hope will not occur,” he added.
Iodine is thought to be a way of protecting the body from conditions such as thyroid cancer in case of radioactive exposure.
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