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Tuesday 7 July 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A few tests performed to ensure Tonga’s CoViD-19 machines are working, came back negative, confirmed Ministry of Health CEO, Dr Siale ‘Akau‘ola.
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Friday 24 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A man who boarded an Air New Zealand flight at Fua’amotu International Airport yesterday, 23 April, was removed due to a New Zealand Immigration travel ban “technicality”, and ended up in quarantine at the Fua'amotu Taliai Camp instead, where he will have to stay for 14 days.
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Saturday 11 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs has this week announced NZ$4 million to the Government of Tonga in general budget support. This is in addition to NZ$100,000 previously provided and another NZ$1 million to be given to Tonga’s Ministry of Health to support implementing its CoViD-19 prevention plan.
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Tuesday 7 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Three CoViD-19 testing machines and 2000 test kits are expect to arrive in Tonga later this month, although it is still uncertain how they will get here. Meanwhile, the Health CEO warned against public scaremongering: "When people try to force authorities not to accept donations like PPEs to help us fight CoViD-19, it is like the public forcing someone to use a fork and spoon to fight a lion."
Monday 6 April 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
If one person has CoViD-19 in Tonga, the virus could be rapidly transmitted to hundreds of people due to our nature to socialize, warned the Minister for Health, Hon Dr 'Amelia Tu'ipulotu, today.
Monday 23 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
UPDATED: Tonga has ordered a diversion of international flights to Tonga for two weeks, from 23 March, including the Air New Zealand, Fiji Airways and Talofa Airlines flights scheduled for today. The order was made by Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola, CEO and posted this morning “to prevent the introduction, or spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)” under Tonga's current Declaration of Public Health Emergency.
Friday 13 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has declared a Public Health Emergency Order to be prepared to fight COVID-19. Two declarations announced by the Prime Minister this afternoon, give more power to the Ministry of Health to contain COVID-19. The CEO of Health said today they have limited intensive care capacity “I think as a Ministry we have to prepare for more difficult scenario,” he said, but Tonga’s small size is an advantage where it is easier to contain.
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Tuesday 10 March 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
While the gap in gender inequality in Tonga is still wide, in 2020 more women are navigating their way into traditionally male-dominated roles. For International Women's Day this year, Matangi Tonga talked to two young women Sara Sakopo and 'Emeline Siale, both 21, who found the courage to overcome their fears and become qualified to work in the energy and trade sectors alongside men. By Eleanor Gee.
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Friday 3 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Prime Minster Hon Pohiva Tu‘i‘onetoa received a free general medical examination by Chinese medical professionals this morning, 3 January, at the Tanoa Hotel in Nuku’alofa.
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Thursday 31 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Ministry of Health has confirmed 107 people have been confirmed or suspected to have contracted measles as at 28 October in Tonga with mild symptoms. An extra 2500 doses of MR vaccinations have arrived in Tonga on 29 October to top up stock levels. Measles is highly infectious.
Tuesday 17 September 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A team of 35 medical professionals from Open Heart International (OHI) in Australia are currently in Tonga performing open heart surgery on locals with rheumatic heart disease. The lead surgeon stressed that Tongans need to try and prevent acute rheumatic fever, a disease that occurs from having tonsillitis that is not treated with antibiotics early enough.
Thursday 13 June 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga has been commended for its progress in treating blindness caused by diabetes, as part of a program supported by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust. Around 16% of Tonga’s adult population, aged 25 – 65 years are affected by diabetes - and about two thirds of those with diabetes will have diabetic eye disease that, without early treatment, can lead to blindness.
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Monday 15 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Zumba classes are promoting an active and healthy lifestyle in central Nuku'alofa, and Tonga Post is the latest to take up the program, offered by Tonga Health.
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Thursday 15 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Grant and sponsorship funding was awarded today by the Tonga Health Promotion Foundation to support healthy living initiatives to strengthen, prevent and control Non Communicable Diseases (NCD's) which have reached a critical level in Tonga.
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Wednesday 5 September 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga can better fight its NCD crisis by removing tax on chicken meat and putting new tax on local tobacco, while ensuring stronger price control, monitoring, and enforcement, a new World Bank study recommends.
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Tuesday 7 August 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Student nurses from the University of Sydney and the University of Canberra are undertaking professional placements at Vaiola Hospital and village clinics in Tonga as part of Australia’s New Colombo Plan.
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Monday 14 May 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A former Minister of Health Dr Sione Tapa (94) was laid to rest at Takaunove cemetery today, May 14 after passing away last week.
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Monday 5 February 2018
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
As dengue cases increase to 52 on Tongatapu as of this afternoon, 5 February, a medical officer from the Ministry of Health admitted they lack the ability to treat hemorrhagic dengue because they are waiting to replace a broken centrifuge. By Eleanor Gee.
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Wednesday 15 November 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Popua's young students won the first ‘Mai e 5’ school cooking competition on November 15. The cooking programme reinforces the value of eating healthy nutritious food
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Thursday 23 March 2017

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Typhoid can be spread by flies and especially in homes with pit latrines, warns Tonga’s Director of Health, Dr Siale 'Akauola, who said Tongans must practice better hygiene to avoid typhoid, after four cases were confirmed on Tongatapu this year.
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