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.
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Program Overview: Support for the Kingdom of Tonga’s Vaiola Hospital with practical support, equipment and education. Since 1992 St John of God Ballarat Hospital has worked with Vaiola Hospital to develop the facility from what was an inadequately equipped institution, struggling to provide rudimentary healthcare to one which now utilises modern facilities and contemporary medical and nursing care and expertise.
Hundreds of mainly Tongan patients are believed to have “been exposed to blood-borne diseases such as Hepatitis C or B, or other cross-contamination of infection risks” after Mr Sione Heinave Vailea was found by CMDHB to be conducting dental work in Mangere without registration .
via Patients of Unregistered Tongan dentist urged to contact hospital – New Zealand Kaniva Pacific News | New Zealand Kaniva Pacific News.