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Thursday 9 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Around 70-80% of the estimated 1,598 dogs residing on the Northwestern tip of Tongatapu will be de-sexed starting on 23 March, under a new “Project Kuli” program organized by the South Pacific Animal Welfare (SPAW).
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A low number of 16 new measles cases occurred in the last week, according to a Tonga situation report issued on 2 January 2020. This brings the total number of confirmed or suspected measles cases to 612 since the outbreak began in October 2019 with around 96% estimated to have recovered.
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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 2 January 2020

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Only one baby was born on New Year’s Day, welcoming the new decade, on Tongatapu at Vaiola Hospital. Siokatame Mataele Po‘oi made his entrance into the world at 11:24am.
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Thursday 26 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A team of three American dental specialists from the prestigious Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in the United States, visited the Kingdom last week to offer training in dental implant surgery to eight local dentists.
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Friday 20 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The number of people contracting measles has started to decline with fewer new cases being reported. The Ministry of Health said 14 new measles cases were reported this past week, with 10 from Tongatapu and 4 from Vava‘u. This is much less than the 37 new measles cases reported two weeks ago and 46 the week prior. A total of 18,431 vaccinations have been administered as of 13 December.
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Tuesday 17 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Seven biomedical engineering students from New Zealand’s University of Canterbury (UC) are spending 10 weeks in Tonga’s hospitals and clinics to repair life-saving medical equipment and to engineer biomedical solutions, as part of a work experience pilot program.
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Monday 9 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Ministry of Health said 440 people had been confirmed or suspected to have contracted measles in the current outbreak, from October 1 to December 2 in Tonga. However, it is estimated that at least 70% have already recovered.
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Wednesday 4 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
HM KIng Tupou VI unveiled a plaque, at Mata-ki-‘Eua, Tongatapu, yesterday, 3 November, to mark the completion of a USD$16.7 million project that was launched in 2011.
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Monday 2 December 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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.
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Friday 29 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Ministry of Health has confirmed 394 people have been confirmed or suspected to have contracted measles as at November 26 in Tonga. Vaccinations are continuing.
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Tuesday 26 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s high MR vaccination rate of 99 percent has so far saved Tongans from rising measles related fatalities that neighbouring Samoa is experiencing, as health professionals continue to fight the epidemic. By Eleanor Gee.
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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new containerized laboratory from New Zealand has been setup at Vaiola Hospital after being transported from Queen Salote Wharf yesterday, 19 November.
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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tragedy in Samoa continues as its Government yesterday confirmed the deaths of 16 people from the deadly disease, mostly young children. The impact of the disease is being blamed on Samoa’s low vaccination coverage. One family was reported losing three children in the space of two weeks
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Monday 11 November 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The number of confirmed or suspected measles cases in Tonga had climbed to 177, at 5 November, with most cases experiencing a mild illness, according to the latest health situation report released on 6 November.
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Tuesday 5 November 2019

Wellington, New Zealand
The threat that climate change poses to global health is the theme of an annual conference being held by New Zealand’s Otago Global Health in Wellington, New Zealand this week 6 – 7 November. Pacific research will be the focus of the conference.
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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 22 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's Ministry of Health today issued a Measles Alert after 13 members of a Tongan school rugby team developed measles after returning from New Zealand this month. Measles is a highly infectious disease and the public is urged to be vigilant for symptoms and to get immunized, especially if they are traveling overseas.
Tuesday 15 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Students from seven kindergartens in Tongatapu gathered to celebrate Global Hand Washing Day today, 15 October, under the theme “Clean Hands for All”. A simple behavioural change - hand washing with soap - is one of the simplest and most effective ways of preventing the spread of diseases.
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Tuesday 8 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
One of the biggest obstacles to achieving universal health coverage (UHC) is worldwide corruption in the health care industry, which according to a Transparency International report, kills an estimated 140,000 children per year, and holds back the fight against some of the world’s deadliest diseases.

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