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Alcohol, tobacco, diet and lack of exercise still threats to Tongan health, says report

Alcohol, tobacco, diet and lack of exercise still threats to Tongan health, says report

Most Tongans want their government to regulate the sale of unhealthy food, according to a new report from the Ministry of Health. The report is based on a Ministry survey on people’s attitudes towards non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in 2011-2012. The most common non-communicable diseases in Tonga are heart diseases, with cancer, diabetes and respiratory diseases […]

Charity to mark a mother who lost to cancer

Charity to mark a mother who lost to cancer

A charity in memory of ‘Akanete Lotomo’ua Ahio, a 44-year-old mother who promised she would work as a volunteer for the Cancer Foundation if she survived her own illness, was launched last week. Her eldest daughter, Latu Kalasini Laurinda ‘Ahio, told diners at her father’s Manukau Catering Event Centre in Auckland: “Tonight was my dad's […]

Two patients die as Chikungunya reaches Tonga

Two patients die as Chikungunya reaches Tonga

Tonga’s Ministry of Health has confirmed Chikungunya, a mosquito-borne virus, has for the first time known to have spread in the kingdom. There is now a Chikungunya outbreak alert for Tongatapu with an estimate of over 500 patients reported to Vaiola Hospital a day since the disease was confirmed in which over 200 of them had […]

Tonga: Alert over German measles

Tonga: Alert over German measles

Public health authorities in Tonga are working to prevent spread of German measles after a patient had been tested positive for rubella this week. Vaiola medical officer of health ‘Ofa Tukia reportedly said patients were diagnosed with rare disease after they visited  the hospital this week. On one occasion they decided to test a patient […]

Donate 21 to help save Viola

Donate 21 to help save Viola

BRISBANE. The race is on to save a young lady from Tonga named Viola Kavapele Maka, who came to Australia on a visiting visa in 2011. Viola became seriously ill while visiting her brother in Brisbane. Because she can’t be treated in Tonga, her family decided that it would be in her best interest to […]

Measles case confirmed in Auckland

Measles case confirmed in Auckland

People are being urged to be vigilant after the first measles case in Auckland since June 2012 was confirmed today. The confirmed case, reports the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS), contracted measles while in Sydney earlier this month where they were taking part in the 2013 World Supremacy Battlegrounds hip-hop competition. ARPHS is aware […]

Tongan Health Society sacks two board members

Tongan Health Society sacks two board members

UPDATED Dec. 17. 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 […]