Māori health provider Tui Ora are leading the hauora response following the confirmation of positive cases of Covid-19 in Marfell on Thursday 2nd December.
Working closely with Ngā Ruahine and Ngāti Ruanui Health Services, Te Aranga (who work on behalf of the eight iwi of Taranaki), Pinnacle Health and the Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB) plans have already been implemented to respond to this new outbreak.
Tui Ora Chief Executive Hayden Wano said:
“We have been expecting this and we are ready. Our teams mobilised yesterday so that we could hit the ground running this morning to meet the surge in demand for testing and vaccination.
Tui Ora will stand up testing at Marfell School today from 10.30am for anyone who would like a test. Additional testing is available at Base Hospital from 8am to 8pm today and for Tui Ora Family Health enrolled clients at Maratahu Street from midday today.
“While Tui Ora will take the lead in assisting the health response we are grateful for the assistance of our iwi partners and health providers, Pinnacle Health and the TDHB who have redeployed additional kaimahi, equipment and expertise to awhi our efforts,” said Wano.
Te Kotahitanga o Te Atiawa Chair, Liana Poutu said:
“Now is more important than ever for whānau to get vaccinated. Covid is here so the message is don’t wait to protect yourself, your whānau and your whakapapa.
“This latest outbreak in Taranaki has coincided with the implementation of the new traffic light system which means that we can expect to see more movement of whānau around the country. We need our people to be vaccinated and if they are feeling ill we need to them to take a test.” said Poutu.