Over two million residents living near the earthquake-cum-tsunami hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are poised to undergo long-term health checks starting from this month.
According to The Telegraph, their health would be closely monitored for the next 30 years to ease growing concerns about radiation contamination.
The health checkups would reportedly start at the end of the month, focusing firstly on 28,000 residents in the three communities that are nearest to the plant, Iitake village, Kawamata and Namie, before expanding across the region.
Fukushima prefectural government authorities announced this move to appease the concerns of the localities over radiation amid the nuclear crisis.
"Everyone is included in this and will be tested over a long-term period, for 30 years or longer. We will start with 28,000 residents, looking at their daily behavioural patterns to determine risks levels," a spokesman for Fukushima prefectural government said.
The findings will be stored on a database created by Fukushima Medical University to monitor the long-term potential effects of radiation exposure in the region.