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World Bank & government urge better health awareness among students

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 18/12/2019

The World Bank together with the government are concerned with the current health situation of students in secondary schools as they believe healthy students lead to better results in the future. This was one of the issues raised during a one-day session with district and town officers on ways they could help address the issue of youth unemployment in Tonga.

Lu’isa Manuofetoa from the Ministry of Internal Affairs says this was one of the urgent needs made by the World Bank in their new initiative to help address youth unemployment in the country.

Manuofetoa says, overweight and obesity are among the main concern of the project as it causes the loss of lives at a young age.

Lu’isa says, the TOP$360 given to pay for one school term means

It can also be used by the parents to buy fruits and vegetables for their children.

Lu’isa also elaborated on a survey conducted by the World Health Organization – WHO which identified the seriousness of the issue.

The survey requires consumption of fruits at least 5 times a day and the hope is that with the money given to parents, they could also use to provide healthy meal for their children at home.

Manuofetoa believes investing now on youth will help eliminate contracting NCD’s including high blood pressure and obesity at a younger age.

Meanwhile, town officer of Haveluliku – Soane Naufahu says, this is an important issue because this will greatly contribute to the decrease of NCD’s in Tonga.

The project will run for 5 years aiming to address youth unemployment in Tonga.


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