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A three day meeting in Nuku’alofa of international health communicators aimed to seek new approaches to fight Non-Communicable Diseases and to promote health.
Tuesday 29 July 2014
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Pacific health ministers have spearheaded a campaign for a “Tobacco-free Pacific” in the region where an epidemic of non-communicable diseases, exacerbated by tobacco use, accounts for 75% of deaths.
Wednesday 16 July 2014 - 1 comment
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A 2014 World Health Organisation (WHO) report on binge drinking has stated that 12% of Tongan males over the age of 15 years are “heavy episodic drinkers” (binge drinkers).
Thursday 5 June 2014
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Tonga is the world’s most overweight country, according to a study published yesterday by a well-known medical journal, The Lancet.
Friday 30 May 2014
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Health Ministers from 53 Commonwealth countries have gathered for a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss strengthening public health systems.
Monday 19 May 2014
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A third phase of the Kau Mai Tonga Ke Tau Netipolo “C’mon Tonga Let’s Play Netball” was launched on Wednesday, May 14 in a continuing campaign to encourage Tongan women to become more physically active through netball.
Wednesday 14 May 2014
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The Tonga Red Cross Society celebrated Red Cross Day yesterday Thursday, 8 May at its national headquarters in Nuku’alofa.
Friday 9 May 2014
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A regional cold storage facility for vaccines has been established in Nadi, Fiji, donated by the New Zealand Government.
Monday 5 May 2014
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Tongan secondary students were warned of drug dealers and the effects of drug use at a lecture held at the Kalofiama ‘O Epworth Hall on Friday March 28, in Nuku’alofa.
Monday 31 March 2014
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Tonga remains at high risk for dengue fever after two cases were reported in Tongatapu last month, said the Director of Health. He advised the public to become more vigilant in prevention efforts, while the weather is warm. Tonga’s near neighbour, Fiji, is currently facing its worst outbreak of dengue in 16-years with eight reported to have died there since February 28.
Monday 10 March 2014
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Twenty Tongan nurses, who are the first to be trained in Non-Communicable Diseases, graduated last week and will be on the frontline of treating NCDs, which have accounted for 74 percent of all deaths in Tonga in 2008.
Monday 3 March 2014
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The Tae Kami Foundation raised $25,000 pa’anga for the Children’s Ward at Vaiola Hospital last week at the end of its “Walk on, Walk Strong” fundraising campaign 2013 in Nuku‘alofa.
Monday 16 December 2013 - 1 comment
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A new report states that Tonga is the fourth most over-weight country in the world, and that Non-Communicable Diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, neoplasms and diabetes are a leading cause of adult death, while data showed that 36 percent of Tongan boys and 54 percent of Tongan girls were over-weight or obese. Death rates in the most productive age groups are three times higher than in Australia and New Zealand
Thursday 28 November 2013 - 1 comment
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Premature birth of babies is the leading cause of death of newborn babies in the Pacific Islands, according to Dr Karen Allen, the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF Pacific Representative in Suva, Fiji at the end of November.
Wednesday 20 November 2013
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The Kolovai Health Centre on the western district of Tongatapu has re-opened its doors on October 4 after being refurbished with over $20,000 pa’anga by the Australian Government, supporting the fight against Non-Communicable Diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, which are reaching epidemic levels in Tonga.
Saturday 5 October 2013
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Thirty Tongans suffering from cardiac diseases and defects received lifesaving cardiac operations from an Australian team of medical professionals at Vaiola Hospital in September.
Monday 30 September 2013 - 1 comment
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Tonga’s government has imposed new Duties on unhealthy foods along with higher Excise Tax Rates on tobacco products, and slashed tobacco concessions for arriving passengers by half, in an effort to encourage “healthy living”.
Monday 19 August 2013
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Tonga has banned the sales and use of two Karicare Infant Formula products for newborns and for six-months babies and older after receiving information that the products may contain contaminated ingredients. The ban came into effective on Thursday, August 8, and will remain until further notice.
Friday 9 August 2013
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A Tongan social services provider, the Ma‘a Fafine mo e Famili, has won funding support to continue its caregiving to the elderly and disabled children for another year.
Wednesday 7 August 2013
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The Australian Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) NSW branch is assisting Tonga in its fight against diabetes.
Thursday 18 July 2013
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