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Joining the 390 Million Club

Wednesday June 26, 2019

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.

Flu vaccines running low

Tuesday June 25, 2019

There aren’t enough flu vaccine doses in the country for the sick, elderly and vulnerable – but there were enough to give every MP a jab.

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.

A new high-tech CT scanner could save lives by allowing doctors to quickly diagnose patients’ illness and injuries in Rarotonga.

Obesity treatment at zero cost

Tuesday June 11, 2019

Ten Cook Islanders will undergo a newer type of weight-loss procedure called the Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty in Rarotonga, free of charge, next month.

‘World No Tobacco Day’ is celebrated every year on the 31st May. 

Leaders against chlorination

Saturday May 18, 2019

Traditional leaders of the Cook Islands remain steadfast in their decision to oppose the chlorination of public water supplies.

Nursing school under review

Friday May 17, 2019

The future of the School of Nursing in Rarotonga is being reviewed and a report on this is yet to be received, says the head of school of nursing.

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