Law: concerns at increasing pharmacies and medical students returning to Tonga

Tongan authorities were concerned about the increasing number of new pharmacies and medical students returning from overseas while the government has no regulations to control them.

The kingdom wanted laws to make sure only qualified medical practitioners are serving the public.

The idea however took shape in Nukuʻalofa last week after the health authorities and representatives from the Ministry of Justice  met to review and made the final amendment to the Medical and Dental Practice Act 2001.

The 2001 Act only dealt witht staff’s performances, professionalism and protecting the public from malpractices.

Mr Tuʻakoi ‘Ahio, Principal Health Administrator and Registrar of the Medical Dental Practice Board, said: “There is no regulation at the moment and this workshop is trying to develop some regulations to determine whether the Pharmacies are equitable to operate”.

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Dr. Tu’akoi ‘Ahio, Registra of the Medical and Dental Practice Board with Ms. Marina Moa from the Crown Office during the workshp in Nukuʻalofa

“Due to many new pharmacies and students going to Cuba to study, the reviewing of this Act” was to make sure they meet certain requirements before allowing them to operate and work in Tonga.

ʻAhio said the new laws will protect medical officers, dentists and doctors.

“It has been a long journey from 2001 to today and it has new things and new people in each category and it also has new challenges…so there is a need to review this Act before we implement it to meet the current standards and so on,” Tuʻakoi said.

“What we are trying to achieve today is going through the final draft and the proposed regulations for this Act,” Tuʻakoi said.

The proposal to amend the law will go through the government normal procedure and was expected to be discussed in Parliament soon.

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  1. Kuo ʻi ai ʻa e hohaʻa ʻi he fakaʻau ke lahi ange ngaahi fale huʻivai foʻou kuo tuʻu ʻi Tongá pehē foki ki he fānau ako fakafaitoʻo kuo nau foki mai mei muli lolotonga iá ʻoku ʻikai ha lao ia ke ne puleʻi kinautolu mo e anga ʻenau faifatongiá.

    Kuo fiemaʻu ai ʻe Tonga ha lao ke fakapapauʻi ko e kau ngāue fakafaitoʻo pe kuo nau maʻu ʻa e poto taau mo e lakangá te nau faifatongia maʻa e kakaí.

    Ne fakafuo e foʻi fakakaukau ko ʻeni ʻi he uike kuo ʻosí ʻi Nukuʻalofa hili ia ha fakataha ʻa e kau maʻu mafai mei he potungāue moʻuí mo kinautolu felālāveʻi mo e faʻu lao ʻa e puleʻangá ke fai ha ngāue fakaʻosi ki hono liliu ʻo e Lao ʻa Tonga ki he Medical mo e Dental Practice 2001.

    Ko e lao 2001 ko ʻeni foki ko ʻení ne hanga taha pe ia ki he fiemaʻu ke fakapolofesinale ʻa e ngāue ʻakinautolu kau ʻofisa ki he moʻuí mo siofi ʻo ka hoko haʻanau ngāue halaʻaki honau potó mo ʻenau ʻiló.

    Ko e liliu ko ʻeni kuo faí pea ʻe ʻave ke fakahoko ko e laó ʻe fiemaʻu ai ke lēsisita ʻa e taha kotoa ʻi Tonga ʻoku ngāue ʻi he tafaʻaki ki hono faitoʻo pe ʻoange ha faleʻi fakafaitoʻo ki he kakaí.

    ʻIkai ko ia pe ka ʻe fiemaʻu ʻe he lao ko ʻení foki ʻa e kau huʻi vaí ke nau lēsisita mo kinautolu.

    ʻI he lau ʻa Toketā Tuʻakoi mei Potungāue Moʻuí ne ne pehē ʻoku teʻeki ai pe ha lao ki heni pea ko hono toki fai ʻeni ʻa e ngāue ki ai.

    ʻOku tokolahi foki mo e fānau ako mei Tonga kuo nau ʻi he fonua ko ia ko Kiupa ʻo ako fakafaitoʻo ai pea ʻoku fiemaʻu ke nau foki mai kuo ʻi ai ha tuʻutuʻuni mahino ke nau muimui ai ki muʻa pea toki fakaʻatā ke nau ngāue fakafaitoʻo ʻi Tonga.

    ʻE hili e liliu ko ʻeni ne fai ʻi he uike kuo ʻosí pea ʻe paasi atu leva ia ki Fale Alea ke tālangaʻi ai.

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