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Dengue Update – 27 February 2019

The Ministry of Health has declared a dengue outbreak following the confirmation of seven dengue cases in Rarotonga in the past month. Of these cases, one was a visitor from French Polynesia with dengue serotype 3 (DENV-3), while others were dengue serotype 1 (DENV-1).

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Operation Namu 19 underway

Four cases of dengue have been recently confirmed in Rarotonga. This follows the diagnosis of dengue three weeks ago in a visitor who arrived from French Polynesia.

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Flooding: Health Precautions

With the recent heavy rain and flooding in many areas on Rarotonga, we urge the public to take extra precautions to avoid any preventable health issues caused by the flooding such as diarrhoea and increased risk of mosquito borne diseases.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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