The WHO is Urging Countries to Start Stockpiling Medicines for ‘Nuclear Emergencies’ After the EU’s Latest Warning on Putin
- The WHO is Urging Countries to Start Stockpiling Medicines for ‘Nuclear Emergencies’ After the EU’s Latest Warning on Putin
by Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune Magazine, via https://finance.yahoo.com/
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued guidance on how to survive a nuclear catastrophe, just hours after the EU warned that Russia “is at war with the West”. Included in the guidance is a list of medicines that nations should stockpile for “radiological or nuclear emergencies”. The global health body also shared how the stockpiles which could “prevent or reduce exposure to radiation” should be handled.
Dr Maria Neira, WHO’s acting assistant director-general warned that governments need to make treatments for radiation and nuclear exposure available quickly. “It is essential that governments are prepared to protect the health of populations and respond immediately to emergencies,” she added. Potential scenarios considered in the publication include radiological or nuclear emergencies at nuclear power plants, as well as intentional uses of radioactive materials with malicious intent.
These emergencies could result in exposure to deadly radiation doses, yet many countries are underprepared, according to the document. It stressed: “It is therefore extremely important that governments respond rapidly to such threats.”
Putin’s ‘war against the West’
The document comes as Stefano Sannino, secretary general of the European Union’s European External Action Service, today announced that Russia has shifted the focus of its Ukraine invasion.