Red Cross Health Lecture
In Fukushima Prefecture, many people were affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and evacuated due to the Fukushima Daiichi accident. Furthermore, many of the Fukushima citizens are concerned about their health. In order to reduce such concerns and contribute to disease prevention and health enhancement, the Fukushima Chapter organized Red Cross Health Lectures given by an expert and physicians.
Lectures about health and diseases were given by an expert and physicians. Red Cross activities were also introduced using a DVD. A relaxation program including hand massage was also provided.
Dr. Tomoyuki Kanno, Director of Department of Psychiatry, Japanese Red Cross Fukushima Hospital, gave a lecture about the psychological effects from a disaster and about psychosocial care. Dr. Yoshinori Sato, Director of Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases, Japanese Red Cross Fukushima Hospital, provided a lecture about the prevention and treatment of diabetes.
Dr. Kazuko Uno, Head of IFN & Rsch Lab., Div. of Basic Research, Louis Pasteur Center for Medical Research in Kyoto, visited Fukushima Prefecture many times from Kyoto for the lecture. She talked about the health effects of low-dose radiation and the importance of foods.
This program was helped by the staff of a cosmetics company, Red Cross Healthy Life Course instructors from other JRCS chapters and Red Cross volunteer corps members.
Comment by Fukushima Chapter staff
■ Background for holding the program:
The Great East Japan Earthquake caused an earthquake and tsunami as well as the nuclear power plant accident that Japan had never experienced. Most of Fukushima citizens were greatly concerned about radiation because they had no knowledge about radiation. At the time, they needed correct knowledge about radiation and information which allowed them to lead healthy lives.
■ The situation:
Harmful rumors on Fukushima citizens were emerging due to a lack of correct knowledge about radiation.
■ Why did the Fukushima Chapter organize the Red Cross Health Lectures?
At the time, many pieces of information on radiation were going around. However, Fukushima citizens were leading lives anxiously every day partly because they were not able to decide on which information was correct. They needed the correct knowledge and assessment of radiation. Therefore, the Fukushima Chapter asked Dr. Uno who had received a high evaluation from various quarters to give a lecture.
■ The situation of the survivors:
The survivors needed the correct information and knowledge about radiation. Some problems were also emerging due to harmful rumors.
■ Positive outcome of holding the lectures:
Dr. Uno explained radiation in an easy-to-understand manner to the lecture attendees and many of them felt positive with the situation. We think that we provided them an opportunity to be relieved.
We think that the attendees who were living in Fukushima Prefecture were able to understand Dr. Uno’s lecture because they already began to learn about radiation. However, there were much fewer opportunities for the public outside Fukushima Prefecture and Fukushima citizens who evacuated to other prefectures to be provided such a lecture. We rather hope that such a lecture should often be held in prefectures other than Fukushima so that the public around the country can be aware of and understand the current situation in Fukushima. We think that the public still view Fukushima with prejudiced eyes due to fragmented information that the media report. Also to help to reduce harmful rumors, we hope that the lecture given by Dr. Uno will be held all around the country.