The Cook Islands only registered two Covid-19 related deaths from the onset of Covid-19 up to normalising Covid-19 on 1 July 2022.
Since the 19 July 2023, we have not recorded any further
positive Covid cases in the Cook Islands.
The Cook Islands government never mandated for compulsory
vaccination of our people.
TMO presented the data of what’s happening in other parts of
the world including Covid-19 deaths and the science provided by WHO, and most
importantly taking advice from the New Zealand Ministry of Health.
The staged approach taken by government, TMO and all
agencies including our communities to protect our people and getting our
country ready through a variety of public health measures including vaccination
before the arrival of Covid-19 was the best approach taken to protect our
people and to register the only two related deaths.
The question is would the outcome have been different if the
Cook Islands vaccination uptake was similar to that of some countries where the
preparation and the level of protection was not the same with that of the Cook
Islands which resulted in many deaths?
My response is not to have a debate with Mr Denny but to say
that he has no knowledge and understanding at all as to the health condition of
our Cook Islands people.
These chronic health conditions have developed over several
years and it’s not in the last two years, and for Mr Denny to have alleged that
people are dying due to poisoning in the last 2 years is unsubstantiated.
We welcome, if he can provide evidence to his allegation.
The NCD rate in the Cook Islands and globally is the main
cause to many deaths – higher than those that died from Covid-19.
It’s the change of lifestyle and the choices that people
make for themselves of what they consume which defines their health condition.
Since early this year, TMO has and continues to roll out the
Smoke Free and Healthy Island initiatives across the Pa Enua.
Government has set out our national priorities to reduce the
rate of NCD including obesity and other health risk factors in the coming and
TMO’s focus now on top of its core services is to help and
encourage people to consider making better healthy lifestyle changes for a
healthy family and a healthy nation.
graham roper on 02/09/2023
Mr Williams reply states
"My response is not to have a debate with Mr Denny but to say that he has no knowledge and understanding at all as to the health condition of our Cook Islands people."
As an ex Police officer , who demonstrates by action or lack of, he has no understanding of the needs of the people of the Cook Island and its visitors.
As previously suggested, instead of spending huge amounts of money going overseas to do what? No reports to the people on why or outcomes of trips , why not pay for community workers to assit the people of the Islands for at least a year to manage, face to face, at the persons home, their diabeties.
Just one recent trip costs would have paid for this service.
Mr Williams has asked for evidence. Rest assured, its coming.