17 Aug 2017

Tonga eliminates tropical disease after three centuries

From , 5:04 am on 17 August 2017

The chief medical officer for Public Health in Tonga is warning against complacency towards lymphatic filariasis, which has finally been eliminated from the kingdom.

The World Health Organisation announced last month Tonga had won its battle against the mosquito borne disease, also known as elephantiasis.  

It leads to severe disfigurement, pain and disability and has at times affected up to 50 percent of the Tongan population.

The chief medical officer Reynold Ofanoa told Sela Jane Hopgood about the steps that were taken to eradicate the tropical disease.

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Photo: RNZI / Koro Vaka'uta