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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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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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