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Mu’a Health Center renovations and upgrade complete

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 21/04/2020

The Ministry of Health has put in place plans for those who will be working as front liners during the COVID-19 pandemic which includes having to be isolated from their families during this time. This was one of the issues brought up in a Press Conference with health officials this morning.

The Acting MedicaI Superintendent of Vaiola Hospital – Dr. Ana ‘Akauola told reporters they are concerned for the safety of the families of these workers and the importance to ensure they too are also safe when they tend to coronavirus patients.

Dr. ‘Akauola says, during this difficult time, those working as front liners will be isolated from their families as they will be working in 3 teams. The first team who will be working during this time will be quarantined for 2 weeks to ensure they are free from having the coronavirus before they would be allowed back to their homes.

Meanwhile, Dr. Reynold ‘Ofanoa from the Ministry says, they’ve held discussions with families living around the Mu’a Health Centre as most of them are scared to live so close to where COVID-19 patients will be kept. Dr. ‘Ofanoa reassured the public that there are Negative Pressure Rooms at the Mu’a hospital which won’t allow the virus to spread outside these rooms.

The press conference ended with the marking of the completion of the newly renovated Mu’a Health Centre carried out for the past 4 weeks by His Majesty’s Armed Forces.

Chief of Defence Staff Support – Commander Heiss Fonohema says, there are more than 30 rooms at the Centre and they’ve set up a sink in every room to ensure it is up to the hygienic standard the Ministry of Health has set.

The Health Ministry will then fill up the rooms with hospital beds and other materials.

The cost for the newly renovated Centre was worth more than $80 thousand pa’anga.

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