It’s the first day of winter and it’s not welcome.


Health providers are calling on the Tairāwhiti community to protect our most vulnerable by being prepared for winter and further virus outbreaks. 

Dunblane Lifecare currently have 55 residents, some of whom have enjoyed social interaction with internal activities and events.

Care Home Manager, Vern Johnson says it has been heartbreaking for our pākeke and their whānau, with restrictions and adhering to strict processes and policies around visiting.

“Our organisation and staff are committed to keeping our pākeke safe from the active cases in the community.

“We take all precautions possible to protect them (which aren’t always popular) but their movements and interaction with the community really depends on what’s happening out there in the rohe.

“On behalf of our pākeke, please do what you can to stay well this winter.”

Medical Officer of Health Dr Osman Mansoor is preparing for high rates of illness and further stress on our health system and local workforce.

“Basically, how we behave as a community shapes how the viruses behave. Through protection measures, we managed to limit the effects of COVID.

“Even though these measures have been relaxed, we’re calling on our community to continue being vigilant and be prepared.

“If you have long term medical conditions, please get your check-up and medications sorted now, with enough repeats to last all winter.

“Flu vaccinations are free for everyone aged nine and over at Tūranga Health or Ngāti Porou Hauora clinics or local vaccination events.

“During our COVID outbreak, our childhood immunisation rates have dropped. Please get these up-to-date by calling our local wellchild team on 0800 935 524.

“We’re also urging people to continue to practice those healthy habits, especially wearing masks and washing hands.

“The primary purpose of a mask is to protect others (source control). It also protects the wearer, not only by preventing entry of the virus, but also by increasing humidity of the airways.  This challenges the influenza virus, as it prefers low humidity.

“We need to keep up hygienic habits, including staying home when ill and be careful about sharing air with those outside our bubble(s).” 

Residents at Dunblane send their message to the community.

Photo Credit: The Gisborne Herald.

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