The Paediatrics ward before the repair work. There were complaints received of patients and staff slipping on wet surfaces, fortunately without any serious injury, CIIC said in a statement. SUPPLIED/23081425/23081426/23081427
Serious issues surrounding the ablution facilities and plumbing works in all wards at Rarotonga Hospital are now being urgently addressed, Cook Islands Minister of Health Rose Brown says.
Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) has
contracted Landholdings Ltd to undertake the repairs.
In a statement, Brown has confirmed there have
been reports of leaking water in the bathrooms of all the wards at Rarotonga
“Te Marae Ora is doing all it can to accommodate
the male and female patients who on occasion have had to share ablution
facilities,” she says.
“I expect to receive an update on the repairs by
the end of next week.”
In late January, Te Marae Ora - Cook Islands
Ministry of Health (TMO) raised concerns about the ablutions in the maternity
ward, with major plumbing issues affecting the health and safety of patients,
staff and visitors to the ward.
There were complaints received of patients and
staff slipping on wet surfaces, fortunately without any serious injury, the
The same concerns or complaints were also
reported to the Minister of Health’s Support Office.
Immediately following this, and with the support
of CIIC and TMO, Landholdings Ltd was contracted to remedy the issue.
In April, significant water leaks were reported
in the Medical and Surgical wards – both occurring simultaneously.
Again working in collaboration with TMO, CIIC
engaged with Landholdings Ltd to address and resolve the issues.
Subsequently to this stage of works, similar
issues have also arisen in the Paediatrics ward, which as a result, will see
all wards and plumbing issues addressed.
Minister Brown says material supply and shipping
has hindered progress however work continues nonetheless.
“The Medical, Surgical and now Paediatrics wards
remain in use and provide critical health services for the community,” she
“There is no opportunity to relocate services to
another suitable building site, so community health services must continue with
Bathroom facilities are a key component to the
ongoing operations and delivery of health services at the Rarotonga hospital
site, Brown says.
The issues identified in the Paediatrics ward
were unforeseen and only discovered as work progressed in the neighbouring Surgical
All work is now anticipated to be completed by
the end of October.
“It is imperative to proceed with this work
immediately to further protect and reduce the risk of injury to users and to
further protect the safety of users of the facilities,” Minister Brown says.
“Health and safety of all patients, visitors and
TMO staff is and remains paramount and we thank the patients, TMO staff and
members of the public for their patience while work continues.”
graham roper on 15/08/2023
Minister Brown appears to be out of touch with the statement,
“Health and safety of all patients, visitors and TMO staff is and remains paramount and we thank the patients, TMO staff and members of the public.."
Might I suggest the Minister actually takes a closer look at the actual health and safety risks that are present throughout the TMO.