Tonga PM ‘Ak­il­isi Po­hiva mede­vaced to Auck­land

Fiji Sun - - Nation - Source: Ra­dio New Zealand

The Prime Min­is­ter of Tonga, ‘Ak­il­isi Po­hiva, has been rushed to hos­pi­tal in Auck­land with pneu­mo­nia.

Mr Po­hiva, who was in Auck­land for treat­ment for a liver con­di­tion ear­lier this year, be­came un­well af­ter re­turn­ing from the Pa­cific Is­lands Fo­rum meet­ing in Tu­valu sev­eral weeks ago. He had been in hos­pi­tal in Nuku’alofa for the past two weeks, but doc­tors on Wed­nes­day de­cided he needed med­i­cal evac­u­a­tion to Auck­land. A spokesper­son for the Prime Min­is­ter de­scribed his con­di­tion as “very se­ri­ous”.

The acting Prime Min­is­ter, Semisi Sika, said in a state­ment that he was urg­ing the peo­ple to re­mem­ber Mr Po­hiva in their pray­ers.

He said the gov­ern­ment was look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing him home in good health in the very near fu­ture.

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