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Thursday 19 October 2023
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Manila, Philippines
Tonga’s Minister for Health Dr Saia Ma’u Piukala was nominated as the next World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for the Western Pacific. It is expected that he will take office as the Regional Director on 1 February 2024, for an initial term of five years.
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Wednesday 4 October 2023
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Wellington, New Zealand
John Fa’ukafa, who is of Tongan heritage, was awarded New Zealand's Young Nurse of the year, in September, at the New Zealand Nurses Organisation Toputanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki Aotearoa (NZNO) Annual General Meeting and Conference, for his work in sexual health, including with sexual assault victims, and caring for marginalised communities.
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Monday 25 September 2023
Julie Hulston

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A team of 48 specialists who volunteered from Open Heart International (OHI) to return to Tonga for their biannual operations, have successfully performed 22 surgeries, after a four years pause due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Wednesday 20 September 2023
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The fifteenth Pacific Health Ministers Meeting (PHMM) opened today, Nuku'alofa, and will run from the 20-22 September.
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Friday 8 September 2023
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Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new vehicle for the Ministry of Health was donated by the Australian Government to show their support to the work of Tonga's nurses, in the fight against Non Communicable diseases (NCDs), on Tuesday 5 September, at Vaiola Hospital, Nuku'alofa.
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Friday 28 July 2023
Peace Ark

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Chinese Navy Hospital Ship, the Peace Ark docked at Vuna Wharf to a welcoming fanfare this morning, 28 July. Hon. Hu'akavameiliku urged the Tongan public to use the free services [starting from Monday] on the ship. The PMO said that the Ministry of Health is in close collaboration with the ship in organizing Chinese medical teams designated to village health centres, while a helicopter team is assigned to dispatch immediate medical cases in the outer islands. A medical team will also be visiting Primary and Secondary Schools for educational exchanges.
Tuesday 25 July 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Chinese naval hospital ship Peace Ark will pay her third goodwill visit to Tonga on a humanitarian medical mission from 28 July to 4 August 2023, to provide week-long free medical treatment for people in Tonga.
Tuesday 11 July 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A fully equipped mobile dental clinic, supported by the Rotary Club of Ballarat West, was handed over to the Minister for Health Hon. Saia Piukala, at Vaiola Hospital, Nuku’alofa on 7 July.
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Tuesday 20 June 2023
Dr Burling

Auckland, New Zealand
A team of specialist gynaecology and oncology practitioners led by a Tongan, Dr Michael Burling, has deployed to Tonga aiming to provide specialised medical care and services for Tongans.
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Friday 9 June 2023
EOJ

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Essential medical equipment, including two new ambulances valued at USD320,000 from Japan were handed over to the Ministry of Health today, 9 June, by Japan's Ambassador HE Mr. Kensaku Munenaga.
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Tuesday 30 May 2023
Surgeons

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A team of surgeons from Interplast Australia and New Zealand is currently performing general plastic and reconstructive surgical services at Vaiola Hospital. The team has returned after three years of border closures.
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Tuesday 30 May 2023
WHO

Geneva, Switzerland
Tonga was represented by the Minister of Health Hon. Dr. Saia Piukala at the 76th World Health Assembly held in Geneva, Switzerland from 21-30 May. 
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Thursday 18 May 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A team from Interplast Australia and New Zealand returns to Tonga from 25 May to 3 June to carry out general plastic and reconstructive surgical services and training, at Vaiola Hospital. This after three years of absence due to COVID-19 restrictions.
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Wednesday 17 May 2023
MOH

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dr Siale ‘Akau‘ola has this month completed a total of 37-years as a civil servant with the Ministry of Health, 14-years in which he served as CEO. He was farewelled last week by the Health Minister and colleagues.
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Monday 15 May 2023
Health

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
An additional AUD10 million was committed by the Government of Australia to further improve health outcomes for people in Tonga, with the signing of the Tonga Health Systems Support Program Phase 3 on 15 May. 
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Friday 12 May 2023
MOH

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) were assessed by a team of medical experts from Australia last week, at Vaiola Hospital. Medical equipment was also donated.
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Thursday 11 May 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
This month the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 as no longer a public health emergency of international concern and countries will now transition from emergency mode to managing Covid-19 alongside other infectious diseases. Tonga achieved high vaccination coverage during the pandemic and achieved a low death rate due to Covid-19.
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Thursday 11 May 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A hearing screening project for class 1 and 2 students on Tongatapu is being carried out by the Ministry of Health in partnership with the Rotary Club of Hampton from Australia and Rotary Club Nuku‘alofa.
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Monday 8 May 2023

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Ten patients in Tonga have received new pacemakers, in surgeries carried out by a a team of cardiac experts from New Zealand last week at Vaiola Hospital in Nuku'alofa. The first time this has been done in Tonga.
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Monday 1 May 2023
Ha'apai Hospital

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Princess Fusipala Hospital in Ha'apai received new medical equipment during a handover event by the Ministry of Health, on 29 April.
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