Dr Isaac Warbrick is visiting Rarotonga as part of his research on indigenous knowledge relating to health. As director of Taupua Waiora Centre for Maori Health Research at Auckland University of Technology, he leads Maori health research projects, supervises Masters and PhD students, and teaches post-graduate classes in Maori ways of approaching health and research. He contributed this article to CINews.
The flu-like symptoms affecting a large number of Rarotonga residents at present do not constitute an epidemic, says Rarotonga hospital chief medical officer Doctor Yin May.
The delivery of health services in the Cook Islands has gradually improved over the years, says former health minister Nandi Glassie.
Despite an increase in complex health issues and challenges, the Cook Islands’ annual spending on health has declined every year for the past six years.
Six new scholarships have been launched to attract Pasifika students into the medical profession and to offer support to Pacific doctors and nurses who currently work in it.