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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 signs and 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.
Friday 4 October 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A pilot scientific population survey is being held in certain districts of Tongatapu, starting on October 2-6 that could help determine the dog population, now estimated to be around 20,000.
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Tuesday 24 September 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Eight wheelchairs donated by the Rotary New Zealand World Community Service was presented to Mango Tree Respite Centre for the disabled at Houmakelikao, on September 24.
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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.

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new ambulance donated from the Rotary Club of Christchurch Sunrise in New Zealand was handed over to Vaiola Hospital on September 12.
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Thursday 29 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A second regional workshop by the Japan International Cooperation Agency and its partners is being held in Nuku'alofa from August 28-30 aimed to find practical ways to combat Non Communicable Diseases.
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Friday 23 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The young students of Fua'amotu Government Primary School went home with $750 pa'anga cash prize, after winning a cook-off on August 23 in Nuku’alofa.
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Friday 9 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nurses at Vaiola Hospital impressed the World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus with their singing during a ceremony to welcome him this morning, 9 August, so much, that he invited them to Geneva, Switzerland next year.
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Thursday 8 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Training is being held at Vailoa Hospital to update medical staff on endoscopy, a non surgical procedure used to examine one's digestive tract.
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Wednesday 7 August 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Some Tongans with serious heart conditions may miss out on life changing heart surgery, because medical staff at Vaiola Hospital have been unable to contact them by telephone. Dr Loutoa Poese today urged missing patients, who had been identified with heart conditions, to contact the clinic urgently, because the Open Heart International team arrives from Australia soon.
Tuesday 16 July 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A 5km “Colours Fun Run” to raise public awareness over the state of Autism in Tonga was held at the Nuku’alofa waterfront on Saturday morning, 13 July. Over 40 youth in Tonga have been identified with autism.
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Wednesday 26 June 2019

Wellington, New Zealand
Tonga is among the latest group of countries to join the Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), the umbrella organization for Alzheimer’s and dementia associations now in 100 countries globally.
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Monday 24 June 2019

Nuku'alofa. Tonga
At a formal ceremony in the Royal Palace, Nuku'alofa, this morning, four Australian members of an Orthopaedic Outreach surgical team were invested with the Royal Order of the Crown by HM King Tupou VI, for their ongoing charitable work in Tonga.
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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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Friday 31 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Drug users are headed to prison or the cemetery, warns Ned Cook, Team Leader for the Salvation Army Alcohol and Drugs Awareness Centre in Nuku’alofa. Some people in Tonga are trying drugs out of curiosity, especially methamphetamine, he told Matangi Tonga this week. “But if you keep experimenting with it, the addiction will grab hold of you”. Unfortunately, the services they provide at present "don't reach those desperately needing help".
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Tuesday 28 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dr Saia Ma’u Piukala, Tonga’s Minister for Health was appointed as a member of the World Health Organisation Executive Board during the 72nd World Health Organisation Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland last week.
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Thursday 23 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's drugs problem is on the rise, “like a cancer in the community,” says Psychiatric Specialist, Dr Mapa Puloka, who warns that government is too slow in tackling the epidemic and needs to urgently prioritize more funding before it gets out of hand. He issues a stark prognosis: “If they can’t stop it...what will happen is drug dealers or drug lords will run our government and end up being their puppets because of the power of money.” By Eleanor Gee.
Monday 13 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A range of equipment to help the Ministry of Health support emergency services in times of disaster, was gifted by Japan today, under its Non-Project Grant Aid (NPGA) program.
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