Officially receiving the equipment yesterday, Health minister Nandi Glassie acknowledged the support of Cook Islands Climate Change committee which has developed a close relationship with the ministry.
Glassie said the equipment donations were timely, as the Public Health department has been working hard with other ministries to prevent mosquito-borne diseases and control other pests.
“At the weather office this morning, I was advised that we will be going through the wet season until the next two months.
“The anticipation by the weather office is that we will be experiencing some long months of drought after the wet season and this equipment has come just in time,” Glassie said.
He said that once the dry season kicked in, the public should be aware that there could be an invasion of mosquitoes.
“On the global level there is still the fear of Zika and other mosquito diseases, but hopefully this epidemic doesn’t come our way,” Glassie said.
The spray equipment runs on electricity stored in a 24 volt battery. After six hours of use this can be recharged on a normal power plug or from a vehicle cigarette lighter.
The equipment also reduces carbon-monodioxide emissions into the atmosphere and cuts noise pollution. Conventional mist blowers previously used by the ministry run on conventional fuel that is a contributing factor to climate change.
Glassie said changing the spraying equipment to the clean energy type was part of the ministry’s effort to support government’s policy on renewable energy.
Director of Community Health Services Neti Herman acknowledged the support of Climate Change.
“We all know that we can be successful if we work as a team.”