Gov’t receives $1 million worth medical equipment from Japan

A total value of TP$1 million (Yen $52 million) worth equipment was handed over to Tonga’s Minister of Health Dr Saia Piukala Thursday 4 in Nukuʻalofa.

The medical appliances were  two mobile X-ray units including two auto distillation apparatus, seven infant incubators, nine infant warmer, five phototherapy unit, 14 infusion pump and three emergency medical kits.

Japan’s Ambassador Mr Yukio Numata said the medical devices were part of Japan’s aid to help cure and diagnose illnesses in the kingdom.

“Together, we are building societies of potential and resilience through mutual experience, sharing information and coordinated encouragement on a regional and international scale. By focusing our attention upon the health of people, the most important segment of the nation, we are reinforcing human security and human dignity,”  Numata said.

Dr Piukala congratulated the donation of the medical equipment and reminded that it was Japanese funding that help built the new Vaiola hospital.

“It is the aspiration of the Ministry of Health as recipients, to strengthen our partnership and cooperation with the Government of Japan for the development health services in Tonga,” Hon Piukala said.

Sometimes when a business is growing, it needs a little help.

Right now Kaniva News provides a free, politically independent, bilingual news service for readers around the world that is absolutely unique. We are the largest New Zealand-based Tongan news service, and our stories reach Tongans  wherever they are round the world. But as we grow, there are increased demands on Kaniva News for translation into Tongan on our social media accounts and for the costs associated with expansion. We believe it is important for Tongans to have their own voice and for Tongans to preserve their language, customs and heritage. That is something to which we are strongly committed. That’s why we are asking you to consider sponsoring our work and helping to preserve a uniquely Tongan point of view for our readers and listeners.

Latest news

Related news