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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.
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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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Friday 10 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Teams of veterinarians from New Zealand and Australia have treated hundreds of animals and performed dozens of surgeries during visits to Vava‘u in April and again in Tongatapu this week.
Friday 3 May 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A team of around 50 medical staff from different countries, including Australia and New Zealand, will volunteer their services to treat Tongans with heart conditions at Vaiola Hospital from September 3-21. Dr Siaosi ‘Aho said healthy Tongans can assist by visiting the hospital to donate their blood. “We need to increase the blood bank before the team arrives and we really need blood donors.”
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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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Friday 12 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Healthy, fresh, and colourful traditional Pacific food is being revived in the Pacific Islands Food Revolution TV cooking show, involving six Tongan cooks and hosted by celebrity New Zealand chef, Robert Oliver. The show launched last night, April 11, at Davina House, Nuku’alofa.
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Wednesday 10 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongans with illnesses that can’t be treated in the kingdom are promised high quality care and treatment in India with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Apollo Hospitals and the Ministry of Health.
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Tuesday 2 April 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga marked World Autism Awareness Day today, 2 April with a morning tea event organized by Tapuaki Mei Langi Autism Foundation, held at Vuna Restaurant at Kolomotu’a. It is estimated that between 500 to 1,000 people in Tonga have some sort of autistic spectrum disorder. By Eleanor Gee
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Monday 1 April 2019

Brisbane, Australia
The Ear-Nose-Throat (ENT) section at Vaiola Hospital will benefit from a Zeiss Microscope that was donated by Brisbane members of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) under their Pacific Islands Project program.
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Thursday 14 March 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongans who teach vocational skills are taking part in a program this week to strengthen their own training and support skills when engaging with people with a range of disabilities.
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Thursday 14 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Free medical services by Chinese medical teams are being provided in Nuku’alofa, under a two-year volunteer program that began last year. By Eleanor Gee
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Friday 8 February 2019

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A first group of five Tongan patients who under went serious surgical operations in India are returning to Tonga this month, and this year more Tongan patients are expected to travel half way around the world for cancer treatments.
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Saturday 8 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A container load of wheelchairs and walking aids has been gifted to Vaiola Hospital in time for Christmas. Elder ‘Aisake Tukuafu of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, handed over the equipment to Reynold ‘Ofanoa, the Deputy CEO Ministry of Health on 30 November.
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Thursday 6 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dr Geoff Neal, lead veterinarian for South Pacific Animal Welfare (SPAW) is currently in Tongatapu with his team of volunteers offering much needed vet treatment for the island's animals. They say Tonga has the greatest need in the Pacific because vet care is not easily accessible here.
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Tuesday 4 December 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
This month 100 years ago, the Kingdom of Tonga was in a state of distress and alarm after a deadly influenza virus reached its shores, infecting most of the population and killing between 1,000 to 2,000 people (an estimated 4 – 8% of the population at the time) between November 1918 and January 1919. The mahaki faka‘auha - the disease that kills, brought Tonga to a standstill. By Eleanor Gee and Finau Fonua.
Wednesday 21 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Continuing its vision to support sick children at the Children’s Ward at Vaiola Hospital, the Tae Kami Foundation (Walk on Walk Strong -WOWS) handed over new furniture, curtains and presents today, to mark its 10th Anniversary in Tonga.
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Friday 16 November 2018

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A donation of $13,650 pa'anga was handed over to the Tonga Breast Cancer Society on Friday, November 16 to further help breast cancer awareness in Tonga.
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