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Tongan Health Society sacks two board members


The Tongan Health Society in Auckland has today formally sacked two board members over a controversial ‘media article’, an ‘email’ the board considered ‘racist’ and decisions allegedly made against the interest of the organisation.

Former board members Professor Sitaleki ‘Ata‘ata Finau and his wife ‘Eseta Finau have received letters on Mon, Dec 16 from the board saying they were dismissed.

via Tongan Health Society sacks two board members – New Zealand Kaniva Pacific | New Zealand Kaniva Pacific.

300 wheelchairs donated to Ministry of Health in Tonga


Almost 300 wheelchairs have been donated to the Ministry of Health in Tonga.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints made the donation to help patients at Vaiola Hospital.

Radio Tonga reports that the medical superintendent of Vaiola Hospital, Dr Sais Piukala, says it is an important donation that will help people who are paralysed or have lost a limb to diabetes.

via 300 wheelchairs donated to Ministry of Health in Tonga.

NCDs killing Tongans at alarming rates


A new report states that Tonga is the fourth most over-weight country in the world, highlighting that Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular diseases, neoplasms and diabetes as leading causes of adult deaths.

36 percent of Tongan boys and 54 percent of Tongan girls are over-weight or obese, according to data quoted by Matangi Tonga Online.

via NCDs killing Tongans at alarming rates – Tonga – News – Islands Business magazine.

Kolovai Health Centre re-opens


The Kolovai Health Centre on the western district of Tongatapu re-opened its doors on October 4 after being refurbished with a grant of over $20,000 pa’anga from the Australian Government.

Tonga’s Minister of Health Lord Tu‘i‘afitu and Scott McLennan a First Secretary from the aid program of the Australian High Commission in Nuku’alofa attended the opening hosted by the Kolovai community and the Ministry of Health.

via Kolovai Health Centre re-opens | Matangi Tonga.

Breast cancer a leading killer of Tongan women


Breast cancer remains the leading cancer among women in Tonga, where four have died this year due to a disease that is treatable if caught early, Dr ‘Ana ‘Akau’ola said today.

Launching ‘Pink October’ for public awareness on October 1, she encouraged women to come forward with their symptoms when they appear.

via Breast cancer a leading killer of Tongan women | Matangi Tonga.

Ha‘asini water committee’s fight against FWC begins


The Ha’asini Water Committee trying to block a construction site fearing it might cause infectious diseases to the village had last week opened its submission in the Nuku’alofa Supreme Court.

The committee sued the Free Wesleyan Church of Ha’asini (FWCH) for building a pastor’s house in an area known as Mala’e Vai ( field with water ).

via Ha‘asini water committee’s fight against FWC begins – New Zealand Kaniva Pacific | New Zealand Kaniva Pacific.

Tonga raises “health” taxes on lard, fizzy drinks, tobacco


Tonga’s government has imposed new Duties on unhealthy foods along with higher Excise Tax Rates on tobacco products, and slashed tobacco concessions for arriving passengers by half, in an effort to encourage “healthy living”.

The Ministry of Revenue declared significant changes for carbonated drinks, lard and dripping which took effect on 14 August 2013.

via Tonga raises “health” taxes on lard, fizzy drinks, tobacco | Matangi Tonga.

Tonga bans sales of two Karicare infant formulas


Tonga has banned the sales and use of two Karicare Infant Formula products for newborns and for six-months babies and older after receiving information that the products may contain contaminated ingredients. The ban came into effective on Thursday, August 8, and will remain until further notice.

via Tonga bans sales of two Karicare infant formulas | Matangi Tonga.

Tongan Early Childhood Playgroup Centre opens in Auckland


A new Tongan Early Childhood Playgroup and Training Centre has opened at Mt Roskill in Auckland, and named ‘Muniao ‘o e ‘Ofa’ or Net of Love by Hon. Lupepau’u Tuita on August 1.

Dr Linita Manu’atu said that the training centre of the ‘Kau Fakana’ana’a ‘o Falelalava & Loto‘Ofa WhatuManawa Educational Services’ would offer playgroups for two-days a week, starting on August 12.

via Tongan Early Childhood Playgroup Centre opens in Auckland | Matangi Tonga.

Tonga first Pacific country to undertake keyhole surgery, thanks to AusAID


Vaiola Hospital in Nuku’alofa, Tonga is the first hospital in the Pacific region to offer kidney stone keyhole surgery, courtesy of a visiting urology team funded by AusAID.

The seven-person team who made Vaiola Hospital their home in June comprised of three surgeons, two anaesthetists and two nurses. They were brought together through the AusAID-funded Pacific Island Program (PIP) managed by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

via Tonga first Pacific country to undertake keyhole surgery, thanks to AusAID – New Zealand Kaniva Pacific | New Zealand Kaniva Pacific.