9 Jan 2018

Tonga's PM in hospital

6:27 pm on 9 January 2018

Tonga's prime minister 'Akilisi Pohiva is in the Intensive Care Unit at Nuku'alofa's Vaiola Hospital.

Tongan Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva.

Tongan Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva. Photo: RNZI/Alex Perrottet

While no statement has been issued by the Prime Minister's Office, hospital staff have confirmed to RNZ Pacific that the 76-year-old Mr Pohiva is currently a patient.

Local media said Mr Pohiva had been admitted a few days ago and was being prepared to be airlifted to Auckland for further treatment until his condition improved.

He is said to be in a stable condition.