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Health on campaign this week

Tuesday July 19, 2016 Written by Published in Health
Ministry of Health Public Health staff Anna Panioni, Geoffery Moekapiti, Clemency Emily Goldie and Tania Avare during their inspections on the Arorangi back road area yesterday. 16071801 Ministry of Health Public Health staff Anna Panioni, Geoffery Moekapiti, Clemency Emily Goldie and Tania Avare during their inspections on the Arorangi back road area yesterday. 16071801

Cook Islands Ministry of Health has started its Tutaka mass cleaning campaign on Rarotonga, with MoH staff taking on the challenge of inspecting homes and business houses yesterday.

 

Staff were divided into groups checking different locations, ensuring that buildings and their surrounds were clear of mosquito breeding sites.

Following the rainy spell last week and the continuous rain this week, there is a high possibility that mosquito breeding sites will increase and the ministry is asking the public to clean and destroy all the mosquito breeding and resting places they can find.

 Health Protection Officer Charlie Ave said the campaign aimed to ensure that all possible breeding and resting places for mosquitoes were under control.

“We want to ensure that we are all living in surroundings where there is no risk of any diseases, particularly mosquito-borne diseases,” Ave said.

The ministry was not only concentrating on the beach and roadsides but were also checking overgrown properties  and that water supplies families were received were filtered, healthy and clean.

He said staff had noticed increasing numbers of abandoned homes and vacant and overgrown sections on Rarotonga and the ministry would issue notices giving owners seven days to ensure their properties met the ministry’s standards.

After the seven-day period had elapsed the properties would be checked again, he said.

“We have six main points in our checklist and our staff have been going through all of these when they conduct their inspections.”

The Tutaka programme has been running for many years and ensures that property owners and the community as a whole are keeping their surroundings clean. Inspectors look out for illegally-built or poorly-maintained septic systems, open drainage, overgrown grass or hedges, and animals tied up too close to homes.

The teams were in the Arorangi area yesterday and will be in Akaoa today.

The one-week campaign will end on July 29.