FUKUSHIMA Lives on the Line

267chap.VConveying to PosterityFUKUSHIMA: Lives on the Line(2)Implementation status (as of March 31, 2012)[15 years or younger]GroupResidents of Fukushima PrefectureEvacuees to other prefecturesImplementation method・Among the pediatricians belonging to the Japan Pediatric Society Fukushima Division, those who agreed to cooperate with the Fukushima Health Management Survey are registered as a “designated pediatricians,” and they implemented health checkups at their respective medical institutions.・In 2011, 153 designated pediatricians were registered, and they conducted pediatric health checkups at 102 medical facilities.・Health checkup at the 554 designated medical facilities outside of Fukushima PrefecturePeriod・January–March 2012・February–March 2012GroupNumber of subjects surveyedNumber of examined subjects (checkup)Participation rate15 years or younger27,69018,34166.2%16 years or older182,49956,91531.2%Total210,18975,25635.8%* Number of subjects currently being investigated1. Purpose of the Survey On the basis of the radiation dose rate after the nuclear power plant accident, we assume minimal health hazards. However, there have been reports of the long-term health impacts after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, such as mental and physical abnormalities.It is also expected that Fukushima’s residents will face some psychological struggle due to the radiation threat and evacuation lifestyle. In addition to this life-threatening experience, many residents have lost their loved ones, houses, or other properties, leading to severe psychological trauma. Thus, we are conducting a survey on mental health and lifestyle to provide the residents with appropriate support.2. Implementation Schedule(1)SubjectsResidents in the evacuation zone and those who were thought to benefit from health checkups based on the survey results. [Evacuation zone]Hirono, Naraha, Tomioka, Kawauchi, Okuma, Futaba, Namie, Katsurao, Iitate, Minamisoma, Tamura, all areas of Kawamata, and a part of Date City (specific areas recommended for evacuation)(2)Survey method Questionnaires (self-completed or completed by guardians) were mailed to the subjects. (3)Survey group (4)Major survey items◦ Current status of mental and physical health◦ Lifestyle (diet, sleep, smoking, drinking, exercise, among others) ◦ Activities in the last 6 monthsSurvey Regarding Mental Health and LifestyleGroupSubjectsNoteGeneral adultsThose born before April 1, 1995, (high school students or older as of March 11)Self-completedChildren ③Those born between April 2, 1995 and April 1, 1998 (children who were in junior high school as of March 11)Partially self-completedChildren ②Those born between April 2, 1998, and April 1, 2004, (children in elementary school as of March 11)Completed by guardiansChildren ①Those born between April 2, 2004, and March 10, 2011, (children who were pre-school infants as of March 11)Completed by guardians