The Australian Government has given the Tongan Government a generous $8.7 million pa’anga boost to support salaries and service delivery in the health and education sectors.
Domestic violence statistics in Tonga are disturbing, women have died, and the high rate of physical, sexual and emotional abuse impacts the whole community. It is shocking to see Tonga, a Christian country, bashing its daughters as soon as they become women, community leaders said in Nuku’alofa on April 12.
Tonga’s pubic servants have launched a year-long programme to combat non-communicable diseases and to create healthier workplaces in an effort to “build a healthier quality public service for Tonga”.
Dr Kolini Vaea, a general surgeon at Vaiola Hospital in Tongatapu has been selected as one of five Pacific Islanders of the Greg Urwin Awards for 2013.
An Australian medical research scientist, Dr Tu’uhevaha Kaitu’u-Lino, has been recognised for her work in women’s health and recently chosen as a Victorian Tall Poppy, an award for excellence in scientific research and communication.
Christmas is just around the corner. But, I bet the festive spirit in Nukunuku, will be … gloomy I think. Dust, is now the order of our days twenty-four-seven for two months running…houses, drinking water and from new born to the elderly have their dose of dust every day. When will the road work complete? It left us to wonder what went wrong? Whether there was adequate funding for the project?- Witcliffe TM.
More than 150 women in Vava’u underwent free testing for breast cancer and one woman who was detected with a lump was referred to hospital, during the first Breast Cancer Awareness program launched on October 26-27, in Tonga’s outer islands.
The Tonga Breast Cancer Society Inc. raised over $3,000 from a Pink Luncheon and auction attended by over 100 people at the Scenic Hotel, Fua’amotu on Saturday October 13.
Breast cancer ranks as one of the top 20 causes of death in Tonga and the rate is higher here than in the developed countries because women are leaving it too late to come forward for detection and treatment, speakers at the launch of “Pink October” for public awareness said this morning. A Vaiola Hospital surgeon Dr Saia Piukala called for traditional and religious healers and all Tongans to become involved in the talanoa on breast cancer in order to save more lives. Photos by Linny Folau.
In the Western Pacific Region, two to three million people per year contract diseases that could be prevented by immunization. These diseases cause severe illness and, in some cases, death, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated in launching World Immunization Week on April 23.