Keeping Taranaki well and Covid-19 free continues to drive work and community programmes at Tui Ora.
In the past three weeks, since Taranaki was in Level 2, Tui Ora has tested 123 individuals for Covid-19 with 28% aged between 50-64 years and 18% 65 years or over.
It has run pop-up clinics alongside Taranaki District Health Board and Ngāruahine iwi health services, as well as tested at its GP clinic Tui Ora Family Health.
So far, community testing has focused on testing people with symptoms, however over the next few weeks more asymptomatic/surveillance testing of healthcare workers at Taranaki DHB and in the community will take place.
Tui Ora also joined forces with TSB Community Trust to help not-for-profit organisations maintain good hygiene practises.
A contestable fund has granted $88,000 to 55 Taranaki groups toward the purchase of needed equipment and cleaning supplies including sanitising products, sanitising stations and dispensers, cleaning services, Covid-19 signage, providing policy support, safety guards and safety wear.
Marae, pā, hapū, sporting groups, kura kaupapa, kohanga reo, early childhood centres, kaumatua and community groups were awarded these funds across the region from Mōkau and Patea across to coastal and central Taranaki.
Tui Ora Chief Executive Hayden Wano is pleased to see this fund supporting groups who have a deep connection with their community.
“Providing our marae, sporting groups, kura and other groups with funds to access this important Covid-related equipment and supplies ultimately benefits the health and wellbeing of all of our community.”
Meanwhile, other initiatives are keeping the community well with free flu shots still available for priority groups such as those aged 65 and over, whānau with underlying medical conditions, hapū māmā, those undergoing treatment and frontline health and disability workers. People can contact Tui Ora Family Health on 06 759 7310.