FUKUSHIMA Lives on the Line

1601. Relationship with Fukushima Medical University(1) Establishment of a partnership agreement with the University (development of clinical research education programs, victim treatment, establishment of a research base for study of radiation effects, etc.) (4/2/2011)(2) Expert Dispatch●Appointment of Prof. Kenji Kamiya as Special Instructor at the University (4/1/2011)●Appointment of Prof. Kenji Kamiya as Vice President of the University (7/15/2011)●Appointment of Prof. Akira Sakai, Lecturing Professor of Hematology, Hiroshima University, as an expert lecturer in victim treatment in the University’s Radiation and Biological Sciences Course, newly organized in November 2011.●Dispatch of radiation experts to provide support for the University’s internal radiation screening activities (performed by each of the following members of the University’s Radiation Emergency Medical Assistance Team (REMAT).(3) Educational Seminars for Students and Faculty●The University held a Radiation Emergency Medical Assistance Seminar for doctors and nurses.●Coinciding with the general meeting of the medical and nursing support group at the University (6/24/2011), the University held an educational lecture given by Prof. Kenji Kamiya, “An Overview of the Effects of Radiation on Your Health,” for the parents and guardians of students of both departments. 2. Activities throughout Fukushima Prefecture(1) Radiation Emergency Medical Assistance Measures●Dispatch of REMATREMAT has been on dispatch since 3/12/2011 (The team comprises doctors, radiation examiners, nurses, and group administrators).Major Activities(1) Airlifting of patients by helicopter, medical examinations, and decontamination measures at the offsite medical center and during early-stage screenings.(2) Performed thyroid screenings for adults and children (*Apart from the activities performed by REMAT, a core team of expert instructors independent of Hiroshima University was also dispatched between March and April 2011.)(3) Organized and provided instructions for performing contamination screenings.(4) Dispatched additional doctors to the emergency medical team stationed within the “Emergency Medical Infirmary” established at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant from 7/1/2011 (nurses were also dispatched in November 2011).●Contributed fresh water, foodstuffs, and supplies to support the Radiation Emergency Medical Assistance activities.(2) Spread awareness of radiation among residents.●Appointed Prof. Kenji Kamiya as prefectural radiation health risk management advisor (4/1/2011). Since his appointment, he has held numerous instructional seminars for regional educators.●Reported the results of the prefecture-wide examination of the effects of radiation on children by Hiroshima University professor Satoshi Tashiro at the “Conference on Radiation and Child Growth and Development” (held on 7/1/2011 in Iwaki) organized by the Japan Pediatric Society and the Japanese Society of Emergency Pediatrics.(3) Medical Support Activities●Doctors, nurses, and administrators from the Hiroshima University medical team helped perform medical examinations for people staying in disaster shelters in Sukagawa city, Fukushima Prefecture (4/23/2011–4/30/2011).(4) Other Activities●Establishment of a partnership agreement with Fukushima University (development of education and research programs, restoration of contaminated areas, research collaboration and support for radiation medical treatment, promotion of increased literacy and awareness regarding radiation treatment, etc.) (7/28/2011).●A team of five experts led by Dr. Nanao Kamada, former director of the institute of A-bomb radiation medicine at Hiroshima University, and Dr. Osamu Saito, a doctor at Watari Hospital, examined urine samples of 15 people from the Iitate and Kawamata areas in Fukushima Prefecture and detected radioactive cesium particles in all the samples. The team explained that the amount of radiation released over the next 50-year period would be as minimal as 0.1 millisieverts, and this level of radiation would pose no threats to health with no future consumption of contaminated vegetables, etc. (June 2011).●The city of Nihonmatsu released the results of the WBC examination conducted on 20 residents in the last week of June 2011 (the analysis of the examination was conducted by Prof. Masaharu Hoshi of the institute of A-bomb radiation medicine at Hiroshima University). While small quantities of both cesium 134 and 137 were detected in all the examinees, the levels were small enough to have only minimal impact on their health. No iodine was detected (July 2011).Overview of Support Activities by Hiroshima UniversityPlanning and Financial Affairs Division