Media Release

Burning of Plastics and tyres

People found burning plastics and tyres will be given a warning in the first instance. Burning of plastics and tyres is not permitted under the Public Health Act.

Mental Health

One of the major issues that has been highlighted in the media has been the provision of an appropriate facility to cater for mental health cases.

World Diabetes Day 14th November – Women and Diabetes

The theme for World Diabetes Day 2017 is women and diabetes. The aim is to promote the importance of access for all women at risk for or living with diabetes to the essential diabetes medicines and technologies, self management education and information they require to achieve good diabetes management and strengthen their capacity to prevent type 2 diabetes.

Secretary of Health appointed to World Health Organization (WHO)

Mrs Elizabeth Iro, Secretary for Cook Islands Ministry of Health has been appointed as the new Chief Nurse for the World Health Organization (WHO). Mrs Iro’s appointment was announced during the Sixty-Eighth Session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific by the WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

World Mental Health Day October 10th

This year we celebrate world mental health day 2017 and the theme of –Mental health in the workplace. A negative working environment may lead to physical and mental health problems, harmful use of substances or alcohol, absenteeism and lost productivity.

Pacific health ministers commit to leaving no one behind, achieving Healthy Islands

Ministers endorsed the Healthy Islands monitoring framework and adopted resolutions on: universal health coverage; health information systems; rheumatic heart disease; health workforce development; noncommunicable diseases including childhood obesity; mental health; emerging diseases and disaster preparedness and response; and climate change and health

Twelfth Pacific Health Ministers Biennial Meeting: Agenda Items.

From the 28th – 30th August 2017 the Cook Islands will host the Pacific Health Minister’s Biennial Meeting. The Pacific Health Ministers meeting provides an opportunity to develop a consensus view of health in the Pacific and sets future directions for health in the effort to build on this idea of “Healthy Islands”.

Cook Islands to Host the twelfth Pacific Health Ministers Meeting

In August of this year, the Cook Islands will host the Pacific Health minister’s biennial meeting, and this will be the second Pacific Health Ministers meeting hosted by the Cook Islands, with the first being in 1997 where they adopted the Rarotonga Agreement: Towards Healthy Islands

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