Derek Fox never saw the mosquito that bit him – but he is one of nearly 70 people thought to have contracted dengue fever in Rarotonga and Aitutaki this year. He tells his story.
At the Te Ipukarea Society meeting, nearly everybody present was against the use of chlorine to disinfect Rarotonga water. Some of the reasons given were:
1. Many people have been drinking the tap water for years, and have not had any health issues. Admittedly, these people may have developed some natural immunity to the bugs, but surely that is a good thing?
Health secretary Dr Josephine Herman said the general consensus is that it is a good idea for the ministry to be working alongside traditional medicine practitioners.
Ten Cook Islanders will undergo a newer type of weight-loss procedure called the Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty in Rarotonga, free of charge, next month.