3:30 am - Thursday September 29, 2016

Phuket Airport to distribute anti-radiation pills to travellers to Japan

Passengers checked for radiation Officials from the Office of Atoms for Peace and Thai Airways International check passengers arriving at Suvarnabhumi airport from Tokyo for radiation contamination after last week’s earthquake and tsunami which caused radiation leaks from nuclear plants in Japan.

Passengers checked for radiation Officials from the Office of Atoms for Peace and Thai Airways International check passengers arriving at Suvarnabhumi airport from Tokyo for radiation contamination after last week’s earthquake and tsunami which caused radiation leaks from nuclear plants in Japan.

Thai authorities say they will distribute medicine to citizens travelling to Japan to protect against radiation from damaged nuclear power plants.

The Health Ministry says that beginning Thursday, potassium iodide tablets will be given free to travellers flying to Tokyo from airports in Bangkok and Phuket. The government already warns against unnecessary travel to Japan.

Potassium iodide protects the thyroid gland against cancer by blocking absorption of radioactive iodine. Supplies in Japan have become short, and panic buying has been reported as far away as North America.

The government’s National News Bureau says more than 70 per cent of package tour bookings to Japan for March to May have been cancelled.

Source: The Western Star



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