Startling statistics show the number of new Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) cases throughout the Cook Islands has increased rapidly over the past four years, raising questions about the effectiveness of national health initiatives.
Regulating pharmacy practices and the availability of medicines to make prescribing them safer is the aim of a visiting pharmacy consultant working with the Ministry of Health this week.
The words ‘reduce, re-use and recycle’ are the focus of a healthy lunch programme making a difference to the health of Rarotongan youngsters and their environment.
Seven cases of the chikungunya virus have been confirmed on Rarotonga and the wider community is urged to destroy potential mosquito breeding sites to prevent an outbreak.
A 10-day ‘Competent Authority for Food’ training course run by the Ministry of Marine Resources began on Monday and will run until February 6.
While Public Health campaigns encouraging Cook Islanders to eat less and exercise are having a positive effect, so it seems, are efforts to get people to quit smoking.