Tonga PM resting ahead of Tuvalu trip next week

    By Radio New Zealand

    The Prime Minister of Tonga, ‘Akilisi Pōhiva, has every intention
    of going to next week’s Pacific Islands Forum summit, despite being in hospital at the moment.

    A spokesman said Pōhiva had been resting in hospital in Nuku’alofa since last week.

    He had extensive medical care for a liver condition in New Zealand earlier this year, and after returning home in June was under instructions to rest but the spokesman said he started working too early and got tired.

    But he said Pōhiva is intending to go to India this week for a meeting, and to Tuvalu next week for the summit.

    Meanwhile Kaniva News reports the Noble MP Lord Fusitu’a has been airlifted to Auckland for medical treatment.

    The online news site reported Fusitu’a’s health condition was deteriorating and he had been using a ventilator while in the intensive care unit.

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