Zika update for leaders

Wednesday February 24, 2016 Written by Published in Health
Community Health Service director Doctor Neti Herman explains Operation Namu during the presentation at Sinai Hall yesterday. 16022324 Community Health Service director Doctor Neti Herman explains Operation Namu during the presentation at Sinai Hall yesterday. 16022324

Cook Islands Community Health Service met with community and traditional leaders including Members of Parliaments yesterday at Sinai Hall to give them an update on Operation Namu.

 

The massive cleanup campaign, which received the green light from the Cabinet last week, will be held this Friday.

Community Health Service director Doctor Neti Herman also used the opportunity to update people on the Zika situation globally.

She told participants they needed to work together to keep the virus and any other mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya from reaching the country.

“Operation Namu is a series of activities which involves the community, government agencies, schools, civil societies, non-government organisations, aronga mana, island councils, religious and sports organisations to prevent and control the breeding and resting places of mosquitoes in the community,” Herman said.

“Cabinet approved Friday as a day of national cleaning, collecting and disposal of all possible mosquito breeding containers in each of the constituencies along the beach area, main road, cross road, back road, streams and public areas, from 8am to 12 noon.” Herman said public servants and members of the public would be released from work after noon to clean their own yards.

“A routine inspection will follow on the next working day to ensure everything is completed.” Herman said the Community Health Service would continue to monitor and destroy mosquito breeding sites.

No Zika cases have been reported in the Cook Islands although cases have been reported in neighbouring nations.

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