The 12th Pacific Health Ministers meeting on Rarotonga this week proved productive, says chairman and Cook Islands Health minister Nandi Glassie.
Research conducted by medical experts shows that some Rarotongan plant products have antiseptic properties that can reduce the possibility of skin infections, vindicating the long-held beliefs of Maori medicine practitioners.
Last Thursday’s Speakers Debate at the national auditorium saw an hour-long, at times inspiring and emotional, talk about the effectiveness of mental health in the Cook Islands, which was followed by discussion where panellists seemed at times reluctant to engage with questions from the public.
The noni fruit “is so full of nutrition that not only is it a health tonic for anyone who is not well, but also for those who are in good health,” says healthy-food advocate Cheryl Marsters.
Cook Islands Community Health Service met with community and traditional leaders including Members of Parliaments yesterday at Sinai Hall to give them an update on Operation Namu.
While the Zika virus continues to spread in neighbouring countries, the Cook Islands remains a safe haven with the mosquito-borne virus yet to enter the country.
The Ministry of Health has promised to take action after complaints from residents in Vaimaanga that Rarotongan Resort and Spa staff have been burning plastic PVC furniture among other rubbish on a dump site opposite the resort.