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World Antibiotics Awareness Day marked in Tonga

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 20/11/2019

It is important to educate the public on the importance of using the right antibiotics in order to save their lives from communicable diseases. That was the issue highlighted this morning during a program to mark “World Antibiotics Awareness Day.”

In his remarks, the Prime Minister – Hon. Pohiva Tu’ionetoa says, the program is right timing as countries in the Pacific including Tonga are facing the measles outbreak – which has claimed lives of many children in Samoa.

Health Minister – Professor ‘Amelia Tu’ipulotu says, close to 700 thousand people globally misuse and abuse antibiotics which leads to government spending more money to address the issue.

Tu’ipulotu adds, it is vital for people in Tonga to stop sending antibiotic pills to families and loved ones overseas because it will affect them.

Meanwhile, head prefect of Tonga College – Viliami Tukia representing the youth urged cooperation between the public and related stakeholders in addressing the issue of antibiotics.

 

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