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No promise for a dialysis unit in the kingdom - Tonga Government Featured

No promise for a dialysis unit in the kingdom - Tonga Government

1 February, 2018. Tonga's Ministry of Health says the government has never promised to establish a kidney dialysis unit in the kingdom.

Dr Sione Latu said the Ministry could not fund its own programme because it would eat up 20 percent of the annual health budget for less than one percent of the population and it is not equitable distribution of meagre resources.

However he said the Ministry is in talks with the Tongan Dialysis Foundation which wants to establish a private clinic.

Dr Latu said claims 60 people have died from chronic kidney disease are an exaggeration.

He told Kaniva News the group needs to fulfil several requirements including securing specialists, and a sound financial plan before the Ministry could endorse their plans.

Dr Latu said sustainability is vital and if the Ministry endorses the agency's project then when things go wrong the government would either get the blame or have to clean up the mess which would incur huge costs.

Dr Latu's comments come after a Tongan in danger of being deported from New Zealand, said it would be a death sentence if he was sent home because there was no dialysis treatment available.

A former rugby international has had to remain in Romanian for the past few years because of kidney failure and the need to get treatment there.

-RNZI

7 comments

  • ofa-ki-tonga
    ofa-ki-tonga Monday, 05 February 2018 21:20 Comment Link

    'Oku 'ikai koe poini ko e koloa pe 'ene lava 'o lele mo mo'ui 'ai ha kakai, pea moe kakai koe na 'oku nau fai e taialiisisi. Pe koe MOH pe koe TDF. Koe poini ke feinga'i e me'angaue ke peseti e 100 ke fakasi'isi'i e polopalema 'e hoko he kaha'u (mei he 'osi pe e tailesisi ki he ta'u 5-10) ki he kakai koeni (complications). Pea kapau 'oku lava lelei pe ia 'ehe TDF pea ta 'oku sai. Fakamalo atu kia Saia. Koe founga e taha koe faka'ataa e kakai koeni kenau 'alu ta'evisa ki N.Z moe Australia ke fai 'enau treatment. Ko e ha e me'a 'oku 'alu ta'evisa 'ai pe kakai ia 'o Cook Islands ki N.Z moe Australia kae 'alu visa e kakai Tonga ia ki he ongo fonua ko eni? Ko e vaivai e alea fakatipilometika ki he ongo fonua ni. He 'oku toki ha'u pe nautolu 'o ta 'enau visa 'i Tonga ni.

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  • Fahina
    Fahina Sunday, 04 February 2018 21:35 Comment Link

    Malo Mark Hanson e fakatalanoa.. Ko e fakamatala ko 'eni oku fai ehe MOH mo e kau Dr ni kuo fu'u fuoloa ta'u 'etau fanongo kiai pea oku ou tui ki hoo fktalanoa .. Ko e mo'ui oku 'ikai hano mahu'inga fakapa'anga.. Ko e me'a ni te tau tuku ai pe si'i faahinga ko 'eni ke nau mate ai pe?? Ko hai 'oku 'iai e mafia koia DR???
    Kuo tau pehe kuo alu e ta'u pea tau nga'unu ki ha me'a oku fo'ou ange .. Fefe oku fai e feinga kiai a e Puleanga na'a lava o ako'i ha ni'ihi (speciality) he tafa'aki ko'eni pea mo hono kau ngaue pea kamata ke kumi mo kole ha pa'anga ke fai'aki e ngaue ko'eni.. Ko e kakai eni e fiha kuo mate koe Kidney failure pea ne mei lava pe ke Dialysis.. Oku iai hotau kainga Tonga 'I muli oku nau dialysis ka kuo 'ikai ke nau toe lava mai o fe'iloaki moe famili koe'uhi ko e ikai ha dialysis unit I Tonga.. Kuo laka hake he ta'u e 20 etau fanongo ki he tali ko 'eni pea oku mo'oni pe ia ka kuopau ketau fai ha me'a .. oku ikai koe fuu fo'i tali fuoloa pe ko 'eni kuo tuku mai he ta'u kotoa pe oku o hake ai e issue ko'eni he fonua.. Kuo 'iai eni e kulupu mei tu'a pea koe ha hano kovi ke endorse ehe MOH kae feinga e kautama ko'eni ha fund fkvaha'a Pule'anga ma'ae clinic ko'eni.. Oku ou 'iloi koe tokolahi taha e kau suka 'I Tonga ko si'enau mate koe ta'e'aonga pe a e kofu ua.. I muli oku kei lava pe a e fefine pe tangata dialysis o ngaue lelei he fo'i 'aho oku ikai dialysis pea koe me'a tepuu a e kei tolonga ai 'a e moui he ngaahi ta'u lahi...

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  • Fihaki
    Fihaki Sunday, 04 February 2018 09:55 Comment Link

    Kapau kuo lelei e ngaue a Saia Moehau mo mea o moui ai ha kakai koeha koaa ku tau toe nofo atu ai o sivisivii? Tau pehee ke tuku kihe kakai oku moua honau sino he mahaki koeni kenau fili pe tenau alu kiai pe ikai he tamani ku mole haa mou seniti. Nae osi asi he tv ku iai e finemotua mei Haateiho ko Mimosa oku kau he kau faitoo koeni, ene vahevahe maafana ene tolonga he kau he mea ni. Fefe kapau nae puke pehena e Palemia o fiemau e tokoni koena? Te mou toe lau kiai? Ikai koe tuu a e Minisita Moui moe Kapineti o fakamooni ha decision ke tokonii e polokalama koeni? Te tau nofo o sio fakafoitangata ka oku iai a e moui oku nau fiemau a e tokoni koeni. Fakamalo atu Saia Moehau mokinautolu oku nau fai a e mea ni sii moui atu au ha faahinga ikai kenau lava afford e folau ki muli.

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  • Ofa-ki-Tonga
    Ofa-ki-Tonga Saturday, 03 February 2018 22:08 Comment Link

    Lava ke 'ai mai ha tali 'a e MOH ki he TDF. Ko e anga eni e lau 'a e kau tama ko eni pea 'oku malie atu 'enau ngaahi poini. Ko 'eku fehu'i 'e lava ke ma'u mai e lau 'a e MOH? He ko e niusi ena ia a' e Radio N.Z. One. Koe ki'i hema atu pe ki Vaiola, pea mata'u mai o tuku'i mai kae melino e tau. He 'oku hange koee 'oku meimei ninimo au hono lau e 'atikolo ko eni. Tala 'ehe Toketaa ia 'oku kei fai e ngaue kiai, kae fa'oa paasi 'a Saia Moehau ia o lele 'o tata'o. He koe mo'ui eni 'a e kakai 'oku tau talanoa kiai. Fefe e laiseni? Ko hai e tokotaha fai taialesis (specialist)? Mo e ha fua... He oku faikehe. 'Oku pehe mai e taitolo ia - No promise for a dialysis unit in the kingdom - Tonga Government - kae pehe atu e TDF ia, tuku ia moe fakapiko. Pea koe ha 'ena felave'i (MOH moe TDF). Malie lahi Tonga.

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  • Oua e Fiu
    Oua e Fiu Saturday, 03 February 2018 14:39 Comment Link

    Ngali lele Lalo uaea 'ae treatment ko'eni 'oku fkhoko mai 'e Saia Mohehau ?
    Koe ha 'ae Lau 'ae Ministry of Helath kihe fo'i ngaue Ko'eni ?

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  • Saia Moehau
    Saia Moehau Friday, 02 February 2018 20:24 Comment Link

    Dialysis treatments already available in Tonga. There are 4 patients now doing their dialysis treatments (Peritoneal Dialysis) in Tonga. For a 2nd chance of life, Contact Tonga Dialysis Foundation (TDF) for consultations at (676) 7863900 or +1 310 484-3569. Malo,
    TDF

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  • Mark Hanson
    Mark Hanson Thursday, 01 February 2018 18:40 Comment Link

    So Dr Latu, Ministry of Health and Tonga Govt. have handed the death sentence to this group of people that make up less than one percent of the population. What a pathetic logic. Whether it's .0001% or 99.9%, they're still people who deserve to be saved, cared for and treated as people and not mere STATISITCS!!! so the number game has infected our health system as well. And who gave Dr Latu, Dr Piukala etc. the right to decide who dies and who lives? Why is it that some people's lives are cheaper and less important than others? Isn't it the Government's responsibility to care for all citizens? This clearly shows the attitude of this government and its supporters.
    We heard from the grapevine that the pm will be evacuated to NZ for medical treatment in the next few days. So where is the fully recovered that we have been hearing from the pitoa and minister of health lately?
    'Ae loi moe mio'i he'ikai toe 'osi.

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