Relief doctors, who have been helping at Rarotonga hospital over the Christmas period are set to leave the island this month, but are planning to return here for good once they have completed their studies.
People who burn tyres and plastic are causing a health hazard and could face prosecution, the Cook Islands Health ministry has warned.
Despite growing concerns at outbreaks of dengue fever in some parts of the Pacific, the Cook Islands so far remains safe from the mosquito-borne disease.
Departing Health secretary Elizabeth Iro was awarded the Leadership Excellence Award at the 2016-17 Cook Islands Public Service Excellence Awards on Wednesday.
Minister of Health Nandi Glassie has confirmed some mental patients with extreme behavioural issues are still having to be housed in Arorangi prison.