Health

Aitutaki children turn up in large numbers to get jabbed

Saturday 16 October 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National, Outer Islands

Youth aged 12 to 15 in Aitutaki received their first dose of the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine on Friday.

Health


Cook Islander dedicated to better Pacific health outcomes

Friday 15 October 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Health, Local, National

The University of Otago’s newest Associate Dean (Pacific) who is of Cook Islands descent is dedicated to achieving better health outcomes for Pasifika.

Health


Rolling out men’s health clinics

Wednesday 13 October 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

A joint project by Te Marae Ora (TMO), Ministry of Health and the Rarotonga Rotary Club hopes to attract 200 men to 11 clinics over the next several weeks.

Health


Youth vaccination rollout moves to Pa Enua

Wednesday 13 October 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Health, National, Outer Islands

With the majority of 12–15-year-olds on Rarotonga having now received their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination, the roll-out will now move to the Pa Enua.

Health


Cooks may consider ‘no jab, no job’ policy for health workers and teachers: TMO

Tuesday 12 October 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health (TMO) may look into adopting New Zealand’s ‘no jab, no job’ policy that requires healthcare, schools and early childhood staff be vaccinated against Covid-19 or lose their jobs by the end of the year.

Health


New health specialist arrives

Monday 11 October 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Health, Local, National

Two of the 87 passengers who arrived on Thursday last week were the newly appointed Public Health Specialist Dr Douglas Lush and his wife Mary McLean (pictured).

Health


86 per cent of Rarotonga’s youth receive first jab

Monday 11 October 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Health, National

Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health has vaccinated 86 per cent of Rarotonga’s 12 to 15 years population during the three-day rollout that concluded yesterday.

Health


Local group to mark Mental Health Day

Saturday 9 October 2021 | Written by Supplied | Published in Health, Local, National

The local mental health organisation will tomorrow mark the World Mental Health Day, date that is recognised each year on October 10, to raise awareness of mental health issues globally and to mobilise efforts in support of mental health.

Health


Young start to receive Pfizer vax

Saturday 9 October 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Health, National

At 8am yesterday the Nikao Social Centre was brimming with people, with an overwhelmingly positive response from parents and guardians who accompanied their children to receive their first Pfizer vaccination.

Health


No plans for booster shots

Friday 8 October 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

A government spokesperson says the Cook Islands is not considering Covid-19 vaccine booster shots at this stage.

Health


Red Cross to assist with vaccine rollout

Tuesday 5 October 2021 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Health, National

The Cook Islands Red Cross Society will continue to support contact tracing efforts by providing the use of their facilities for isolation of the contact tracing team in the event of a future potential outbreak, says staff member Rose Winter.

Health


‘Voices of dissent’ follow authorities to public meetings

Saturday 2 October 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Health, National

A minority group are still ‘pushing their agenda’ to influence people in decision making as the rollout of Covid-19 vaccinations for children aged 12 to 15 gets underway next week.

Health


‘Early detection can save your breast and your life’

Wednesday 29 September 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Health, National

Cook Islands Breast Cancer Foundation is looking forward to October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The organization has raised awareness for women’s breast cancer since it was founded in 2003 are is encouraging women to once again be breast aware and healthy, and for the rest of the community to come on board to raise awareness and funds.

Health


Public share fears ahead of youth vaccinations

Wednesday 29 September 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in Health, National

There is fear among Cook Islands parents and caregivers as the day for youth vaccinations looms.

Health


Study finds kava ‘can affect driving abilities’

Tuesday 28 September 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

A new study by the University of Waikato found kava, the drink made from piper methysticum roots, negatively affects driving performance but is hard to detect.

Health


Meetings to encourage vaccination for children

Monday 27 September 2021 | Written by CI News Staff | Published in Health, National

Te Marae Ora Ministry of Health will be hosting consultations meetings for 12-15-year-olds and their parents/guardians before starting the Pfizer vaccination rollout for children next month.

Health

NZ provides vaccine for children

Friday 24 September 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

Following Cabinet’s approval of the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccination rollout for 12 to 15-year-olds earlier this month, the Minister of Health, Rose Brown says she’s grateful to New Zealand for its donation.

Health


Group sets out to improve the rights of those with disabilities

Wednesday 22 September 2021 | Written by Alana Musselle | Published in Health, Local, National

A massive project dedicated to reviewing and improving the rights of persons with disabilities in the Cook Islands is being taken on by co-founders of Kia Orana Collective, Amy Kainuku and Claire Wilson.

Health


Will Cook Islands have to learn to live with Covid-19?

Saturday 18 September 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Economy, Health, National

Countries around the world are ditching lockdowns and slowly opening borders. Life in the United Kingdom has minimal restrictions, Australia has a plan to get life normal-ish again and even New Zealand has indicated slowly opening up to the world in the first quarter of 2022. So does the Cook Islands also need to learn to live with the virus or could we forever keep our zero tolerance approach?

Economy


Vaccines for children available from October

Thursday 16 September 2021 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Health, National

The vaccination rollout for children aged 12 to 15 is expected to start in October once vaccine supplies from New Zealand arrive, says Prime Minister Mark Brown.

Health


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