Dengue has now spread to three of the Pa Enua – Mauke, Aitutaki and the latest island Mangaia, according to a dengue report published on Tuesday. All three islands have one probable case of type-two-dengue.
The May 16 two-way quarantine free travel announcement brings mixed feelings; people are pleased that businesses will receive the much-needed boost but are concerned it’s putting the health of Cook Islanders on the line.
The Cook Islands Red Cross Society has signed an important memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Cook Islands Ministry of Health as both organisations face the fresh challenges that the Covid-19 pandemic brings to the country.
Reports of issues with recruiting overseas health specialists to help alleviate a staffing shortage at the Ministry of Health is raising concerns over the country’s Covid-19 health preparedness in advance of a potential two-way travel bubble with New Zealand.
While Prime Minister Mark Brown’s government says the Cook Islands will be “open for business” by May 1, the Chamber of Commerce says the long awaited and required contact tracing app will be ready for download well before then.
Te Marae Ora Health ministry has brought in a public health specialist whose duties will involve monitoring the measures put in place or being put in place to deal with Covid-19, non communicable diseases and mental health.