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