The delivery of health services in the Cook Islands has gradually improved over the years, says former health minister Nandi Glassie.
Despite an increase in complex health issues and challenges, the Cook Islands’ annual spending on health has declined every year for the past six years.
Six new scholarships have been launched to attract Pasifika students into the medical profession and to offer support to Pacific doctors and nurses who currently work in it.
Ministry of Health has welcomed the New Zealand government’s consideration of pleas to open access to its drug buying agency PHARMAC to five Pacific Island countries, including the Cook Islands.
The Cook Islands Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) national reform project is underway with the aim of raising the standards of occupational safety and health across the Cook Islands by establishing new legal requirements for OSH, workers’ compensation and employers’ liability insurance.
The 20th Annual Cook Islands Health Conference 2018 ended yesterday with some important issues highlighted by the participants in the three-day forum, held at the National Auditorium.