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HRH Princess Pilolevu Tuita presents 37 advance diploma to nurses who successfully completed their 3-year course

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 30/09/2019

HRH Princess Pilolevu Tuita highlighted the significance roles of nurses in times of emergency and saving the lives of patients.

HRH made the remarks during the graduation ceremony of the Queen Salote Institute of Nursing and Allied Health last week.

She says, nurses do not need the set guidelines and policies written in the handbook during operations on patients, but instead they should practice their knowledge and skills learnt in the classroom in times of an emergency.

Princess Pilolevu adds, nurses have an important life-saving role as they have witnessed the birth of newborns and also witnessing a patient taking her last breath.

HRH adds, these operations should be performed with love in order to save the lives of these people as people come from near and far to be treated.

Meanwhile, Mele Kulitapa from the graduates says, although they faced many hardships over the 3 year course of their study, they are now happy with the results as they are able to improve the health of the patients.

“We have chosen to pursue an awarding but emotional career which would allow us to heal Tonga, make it a better place for you, for me and for the entire population. As nurses, we truly connect with our people in meaningful ways – given a chance to make real changes to people’s lives. In fact, we will be saving lives. knowing that we made somebody else’s life just a little bit better.”

Queen Salote Institute of Nursing and Allied Health strive to uphold its mission of providing quality nursing and allied health education programs preparing and equipping students to provide high quality, effective healthcare services for the people of Tonga.

HRH then presented advancing diploma of nursing to 37 students who successfully completed the 3-year course since 2016.

The nurses’ choir will attend next year’s World Health assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, which was made possible through the World Heath Director General – Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus when he first visited Tonga last month.

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