Aimed at halting the current dengue outbreak on Rarotonga, Operation Namu21 continues this week, with the Ministry of Health leading and coordinating a government-wide approach that aims to halt the spread of the mosquito-borne virus.
In March 2020, Louisa Maea from the island of Manihiki had her right leg amputated below the knee. She shares her journey of losing her leg and the appreciation she has for the invaluable support from Te Vaerua, the service manager Maine Beniamina and physiotherapist Pare Tangata - whom she now calls her “sisters”.
Officials from Cook Islands and New Zealand held more technical and detailed discussions relating to the two-way quarantine free travel, Covid-19 vaccine and further support to strengthen the local health system.
Members of the public are being urged to avoid mosquito bites during the daytime - particularly at dusk and dawn – after a new dengue outbreak in the Cook Islands was declared by Te Marae Ora health ministry.
As quarantine-free travel for Cook Islands residents gets off to a sputtering start, the country’s top two health officials are in New Zealand to meet their Kiwi counterparts as part of a broad itinerary.
Following a confirmed community Covid-19 case in Northland New Zealand, Te Marae Ora is keeping in daily contact with the New Zealand Ministry of Health and will implement further measures as required if the situation changes.