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Clinic shelter in this year’s Health budget

Thursday January 10, 2019 Written by Published in Health

The Ministry for Health is yet to secure funding to build a suitable shelter for Rarotonga’s mobile health clinic.


However, Health secretary Dr Josephine Herman has confirmed that funding for the bus shelter, which will cost an estimated $20,000, will be sought in the 2019-2020 budget.

Earlier this year, there were reports that the ministry was struggling to find the money for fuel and maintenance for the mobile clinic, but Dr Herman said it was now successfully covering the cost.

However, ministry had not had time to evaluate the success of the mobile clinic, she said.

The bus had been used to provide GP services at the Titikaveka clinic every Friday. It had also been used to provide additional health assessments during Te Maeva Nui 2018, and at sports events as well as school programmes including the rheumatic heart disease and blood donor drives, Herman added.

“Health staff have appreciated the utility of the bus to provide health services in community settings. The public have commented positively on the clinic’s services. And school children have been attracted to the bus because of the colours.”

Around 890 people had been treated at the mobile clinic, Dr Herman said.

New Zealand’s Masterton South Rotary Club presented their Rarotonga counterparts with the refurbished Tranzit bus in June this year.

The Masteron project began in 2017 after Rotarian David Baker, Tranzit’s Paul Snelgrove and retired surgeon and Wairarapa DHB member, Dr Rob Irwin, travelled to Rarotonga to evaluate the country’s clinical needs.

The handover ceremony was attended by health minister Nandi Glassie and New Zealand High Commissioner Peter Marshall, as well as visitors representing the Masterton South Rotary Club and Rotary International.