Posted BY: Joe Alton, M.D.
On January 27th, 2023, the World Health Organization (WHO), which keeps a list of what it considers essential medicines for times of trouble, updated its recommendations for what should be stockpiled for nuclear emergencies. Specifically mentioned are drugs that either prevent or reduce harm from radiation. This is the first such update since 2007 and is meant to reflect advances in emergency treatment for radiation sickness.
One WHO official, Dr. Maria Neira, stated: “It is essential that governments are prepared to protect the health of populations and respond immediately to emergencies. This includes having ready supplies of lifesaving medicines that will reduce risks and treat injuries from radiation.”
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The organization also includes policy advice for developing and maintaining national stockpiles for dealing with nuclear emergencies.
The recent update includes events such as emergencies at nuclear power plants, hospitals and medical labs, accidents involving radioactive materials, and, of course, intentional use as a means of destruction.