73 children need further work-up, according to cardiac examination in 24 schools in Toride, Ibaraki prefecture
December 25, three Japanese citizen groups announced cardiac examinations that took place in 2012 in 24 schools in Toride City Ibaraki Prefecture. The results revealed a sharp increase in the number of children getting the diagnosis “a work-up examination is required”, compared to 2011.
Toride City is located at 190 km south from Fukushima-Daiichi NPP. Every May, the Education Committee of Toride have conducted cardiac examinations of the children in grade 1 and 7. In the research, the three citizen groups found out that among 1655 children examined, 73 are diagnosed with “a work-up examination is required”. The figure shows 2.6 times more than 2011 (28 children), and more than 3 times regarding the junior high schools independently (17 students in 2011 rose to 55 in 2012).
In addition, children having a past cardiac illness increased; 9 in 2010, 21 in 2011 and 24 in 2012. 8 children were diagnosed having or potentially having the long QT syndrome, with a risk of “sudden death”, although these numbers were 1 in 2010 and 2 in 2011.
Citizen groups affirm highly increasing findings of abnormality in the hearts of the children and intend to call for prompt measures from concerned institutions.
Tokyo Shimbun News