March 26, 2020
Te Roopuu Whakakaupapa Urutaa: Information for our kaumatua
Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā Website: https://www.uruta.maori.nz/
Unfortunately, kaumātua are most at risk from COVID-19.
Anyone, especially kaumātua, are also more likely to get sick if you also have the following health conditions:
High blood pressure
Asthma and other breathing problems
having treatment for cancer and some blood problems
Other health problems which mean you are more likely to get sick
Together, we must protect our kaumātua and their health.
Kaumātua and all whānau are now advised to stay home.
For some, this will be challenging but the great thing about whānau Māori is that we are experts at showing manaaki to our whānau, especially kaumātua.
Seek the help of your whānau for shopping, medicine and prescriptions or anything else you might need from the shops.
Go for a walk around your community, but avoid having a korero to anyone at a close distance
Get the mail from your letter box or even do some gardening
If you don’t have whānau who can help you, you should contact your marae, hapū or iwi for assistance.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are:
shortness of breath
If you have these symptoms you should first contact your GP or the Healthline on 0800 358 5453.
Don’t visit your doctor or hospital if you think you might have COVID-19 as others could become infected.
Your doctor or the Healthline will carry out an initial over-the-phone assessment and depending on the outcome, they’ll tell you what to do next.
Depending on where you live, you could also visit a CBAC for an assessment and possible testing if there is one near your location.
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