5 Aug 2019

Tonga PM resting ahead of Tuvalu trip next week

2:39 pm on 5 August 2019

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

Tonga Prime Minister, 'Akilisi Pohiva

Tonga Prime Minister, 'Akilisi Pohiva Photo: RNZ Pacific / Koro Vaka'uta

A spokesman said Mr Pohiva 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 Mr Pohiva 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.

Noble representative, Lord Fusitu'a.

Noble representative, Lord Fusitu'a. Photo: RNZI