More news from the Cook Islands:
The Cook Islands want to improve the way they gather population statistics
Health Minister, Nandi Glassie, believes that gathering of facts and figures on births, deaths, marriages and health problems is vital in assisting the Government to decide what development programs to implement. Glassie says, “While gathering accurate statistics might sound boring, it was something Pacific nations needed to focus on if they wanted to make good decisions.”
Interestingly, the Cook Islands’ Government keeps a record of Cook Islanders who live and die overseas, noting the reasons for their deaths in an effort to identify any health issues or trends that might have an impact on health services in this country.
It is hoped that the improved record keeping program will be implemented over the next ten years. Also, at the same time the goal is to make Cook Islanders more aware of the importance of population statistics.