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Tonga Medical Association meeting marks 75th Anniversary of service

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07th November, 2017 HRH Princess Royal Salote Mafile’o Pilolevu Tuita officially opened Tonga Medical Association (TMA) meeting under the theme ‘Honouring the Past, Treasuring the Present, Shaping the Future Innovations and Strategies for Success’ this morning at Fa’onelua Convention Center. The meeting also marks the association’s 75th anniversary.

Speaking to more than 50 guests Princess Salote said “This theme encompasses the journey of your association from 1942 to the present, and looking to the future.”

“I would like to congratulate you all on your 75th anniversary. As your theme states we remember the pioneers, and there were only a few of them with love and gratitude for their foresight in starting this association. The Tonga Medical Association was the first professional association to be set up in this country, back in 1942.”

She said that His Late Majesty King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV was the first patron of the association when he was the Crown Prince Tupouto’a Tungi at the time.

“Good Health for all people in Tonga has been one of the main emphasis from a number of Royal Addresses from the Throne of the Kingdom over the years”, she added.

“The pioneering work and the founders’ achievements, have paved the road for you. Now it is your turn, your time to make a difference. All the people of Tonga and the region, want to be healthy, parents want all their children to be healthy. You can be successful in your association, but more importantly, we want our people to have easy access to all the services you are providing”.

She also acknowledged the assistance of the President of Pasifika Medical Association (PMA), Dr. Kiki Maoate.

Present in the opening ceremony were the Minister for Health, Hon. Dr Saia Ma’u Piukala, President of the TMA and Pasifika Medical Association Dr. Kiki Maoate, Australian High Commissioner H.E. Mr. Andrew Ford, pioneers of the TMA, interns and guests.

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Issued by the: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change & Communications.

 

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