Red Cross Secretary-General Fine Tuitupou-Arnold presents personal protection products to Superintendent Teariki Purua, at the prison in Arorangi. COOK ISLANDS RED CROSS 20080748
At times the stores have run out of Covid hygiene supplies, but the Red Cross is making sure prison inmates are kept as safe as possible.
Covid-19 personal hygiene packs have been donated to the prison in Arorangi.
Since the beginning of border closures this year, the International Committee of the Red Cross has been working with prison services across the Pacific region.
Cook Islands Red Cross Secretary-General Fine Tuitupou-Arnold visited the prison at Arorangi, to donate hygiene products.
These include body soap, laundry soap and disinfection materials like chlorine, bleach and hand sanitiser – which has been in short supply throughout the country in past months.
Red Cross provided similar aid packages to the Marshall Islands, Samoa and Solomon Islands prisons.
This is to support their effort to ensure hygiene in the correctional centres and so help prevent Covid-19 outbreaks, the aid organisation said.
Getting the message out had never been more important, Tuitupou-Arnold said.
“Our people across the Pacific need to be informed and reassured, while whole countries must quickly learn of new ways of keeping safe. Communication is a vital tool in the fight against Covid-19.”
The International Committee of the Red Cross’ swift response has been a huge help in shaping their Covid-19 response, she added.
“Past epidemics have hit the Pacific hard.
“We owe International Committee of the Red Cross a debt of gratitude for the part it has played in this region’s humanitarian response, which has so far kept Covid-19 from a number of our countries and has helped to flatten the curve elsewhere."
Prison Superintendent Teairki Purua received the donation and acknowledged Red Cross for their support.
“It will be very helpful and goes along way especially in this time of the Covid-19 pandemic," he said.