Yes, our isolation has been a distinct advantage, but keeping Tonga COVID-19 free, comes with much hard work at the borders to keep it that way. World Environmental Health Day reminds us of the importance of public health intervention in preventing people becoming ill with COVID-19. We are preparing for the novel coronavirus to reach our shores. No country is immune. By Sela Akolo Fa'u, Viliami Tongamana and Denise Tully.
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Monday 28 September 2020
Sunday 29 March 2020
Tonga will continue its diversion order for incoming flights during the week 29 March to 4 April 2020, to prevent the introduction or spread of CoViD-19. Scheduled flights by Fiji Airways, Air New Zealand and Talofa Airlines will not be permitted to land in Tonga.
Monday 2 December 2019
Access to quality drinking water in Tonga depends on where you live, and what you can afford. A new laboratory to be opened on December 12 will help Public Health inspectors assess the quality of drinking water, particularly from village supplies.
Monday 29 January 2018
New York, USA
Each new wave of technology increased productivity and access to knowledge. Technology powered globalization and economic growth. For decades, it made the world a better place. We assumed it always would. Then came 2016, when the Internet revealed two dark sides. By Roger McNamee.
Saturday 29 April 2017
Vitamin D helps our bodies regulate levels of calcium and phosphate – nutrients that keep bones, teeth, and muscles healthy. Often, sunlight on our skin can be enough to enable us to produce all the vitamin D we need. But when sunshine is lacking, vitamin D must be ingested, and it can be difficult to meet the recommended levels from food alone. This matters because the health benefits of adequate vitamin D intake may be even greater than previously thought. Even obesity may have connections to vitamin D- which aids weight loss.
Monday 21 January 2013
Three Tonga Health-Dr Tapa Scholarships to study public health in Fiji were awarded on Friday January 18.
Friday 17 February 2012
Tropical Cyclone Jasmine dumped over half the month's average rainfall onto Tongatapu on Wednesday, flooding large areas of the capital Nuku'alofa and surrounding villages, forcing hundreds of people from their homes, and bringing down power poles, electric lines and trees. But Jasmine's heady aroma was not so sweet.
Thursday 26 April 2007
As part of a concerted effort to ensure more equitable access to a potential pandemic influenza vaccine, six developing countries are being awarded grants to establish in-country manufacturing capacity for influenza vaccine. The countries are Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand and Viet Nam.
Wednesday 18 August 1999
Mexico City, Mexico
The study by Harvard University’s School of Public Health released this week, reinforced the belief of many in the development community that a vast amount of medical supplies donated to poor countries was inappropriate and even harmful. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 14, no. 3, July 1999.