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Monday 5 May 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A regional cold storage facility for vaccines has been established in Nadi, Fiji, donated by the New Zealand Government.
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Monday 31 March 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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.
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Monday 10 March 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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.
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Monday 3 March 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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.
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Monday 16 December 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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.
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Thursday 28 November 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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
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Wednesday 20 November 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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.
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Saturday 5 October 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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.
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Monday 30 September 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Thirty Tongans suffering from cardiac diseases and defects received lifesaving cardiac operations from an Australian team of medical professionals at Vaiola Hospital in September.
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Monday 19 August 2013
Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
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”.
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Friday 9 August 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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.
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Wednesday 7 August 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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.
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Thursday 18 July 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Australian Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) NSW branch is assisting Tonga in its fight against diabetes.
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Wednesday 22 May 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A netball program to combat Non Communicable Diseases - the main public health challenge in Tonga was launched in Nuku'alofa on 22 May, and for a second year will hold a national netball tournament and community outreach programs to encourage a more active and healthier lifestyle for Tongans.
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Tuesday 21 May 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An increasing number of Tonga's youth are found to have diabetes, a disease that is incurable, and many of them have contracted diabetes because they eat the wrong foods. A Tonga Youth Diabetes Study Report 2013, released last week recommends a national screening of youths for the disease along with a national awareness campaign.
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Thursday 16 May 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Diabetes cannot be cured, Tonga's King Tupou VI said today and expressed concern that an increasing number of youth are being diagnosed with the disease in Tonga.
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Friday 19 April 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Head Psychiatrist Dr Mapa Puloka says family violence is causing mental health problems in Tonga. “Domestic violence is in some ways similar to incest, it’s a topic that no one wants to talk about….it has come to a point where a lot of Tongans see it as culturally appropriate and tolerate it…we need to talk about it and raise the awareness of the problem,” he said. - By Finau Fonua.
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Tuesday 9 April 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Violence is a learned behavior. Community violence is a traumatic event that is a bad symptom of something that has reached deep into our society. It is a behavior of citizens who are stressed, who are trying to cope and solve problems. Some of the sources of stress include poverty, lack of housing, joblessness, family pressures, and hopelessness. ...In random community violence, like we are seeing here in Tongatapu, there are no warnings. This should make us all realize that something like this could happen to us. By Kristi Seymour.
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Tuesday 2 April 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Medical equipment and supplies worth $2.9 million pa'anga was handed over by Japan's Ambassador to Tonga HE Dr Kazuchika Hamuro at Vaiola Hospital today.
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Wednesday 20 March 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga recorded 98 suicides over the last 12 years, and most were male and under the age of 30 years, Tonga's Police Commissioner Grant O'Fee told a local consultation on suicide trends and risk that started on March 19.

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