Manea was at the Are Pa Metua centre this week, encouraging the mamas and papas on the importance of looking after their health.
Cook Islands nurses and health workers are marking International Nurses Week, with the theme Health for All.
Nurses around Rarotonga provided three free clinics for the elderly on Wednesday.
“You all deserve to be provided proper healthcare and you have the right to access health services,” Manea told them.
She said the nursing body represented the highest number of government workers, and they were continuing to promote nursing in the communities around them.
“Nurses are multi-task people. We are skilful and if you notice in the outer islands there are more nurses than doctors. Nurses are here to serve the community, the people.”
She added that another team of nurses were visiting Te Kainga centre and the Creative Centre and also conducting a free health clinic yesterday.
Are Pa Metua coordinator Apii Ben acknowledged the nurses who visited the centre and took their time out to hold a free clinic for their members.
“I am thankful, the mamas and papas are not all here, but I thank them for thinking of the elderly in Rarotonga to mark their celebration.”
Mama Clerk Kaitarapupuke Singh said: “It’s a blessing for us, we thank them from our hearts and with these lovely smiles and care, it’s nice to have them with us.”