More hazardous building and roofing materials to be removed


Following the successful removal of hazardous roofing and other building material containing asbestos from the Customs building in Avarua, the Tupapa Primary Care and Outpatient building is next in line for treatment.

Extensive planning spanning twelve months has been dedicated to safely removing asbestos roofing and meticulously arranging the relocation of primary health care and dental services during the work. This project not only focuses on asbestos removal but also includes building enhancements to support and improve public health and dental services for the community’s benefit.

The Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) and Te Marae Ora (TMO) will jointly oversee the project. Qualified CIIC staff, equipped with necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will carry out the work, ensuring compliance with safety standards and potocols, as demonstrated in the Customs House building project.

CIIC CEO Allan Jensen states the project is estimated to take up to 8 weeks commencing Monday 3 June 24 when roof replacement works commences. Like other projects, this is also subject to weather conditions and material supplies. Efforts are focused on minimal disruption to health care services while addressing the long-standing issue of the asbestos roof.

During this period, dental services will be available at puna and schools around Rarotonga while primary health care services will be temporarily relocated to the Rarotonga hospital. Te Marae Ora will inform the public in due course of changes to health and dental service delivery.

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