WHO watches for new covid variants

Three years since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been more than 774 million confirmed cases and more than seven million reported deaths globally, according to recent statistics by the World Health

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Dr Piukala appointed WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific

The World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board today confirmed the appointment of Dr Saia Ma’u Piukala of Tonga as WHO Regional Director for the Western Pacific. Following his

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Tonga’s Dr Saia Ma’u Piukala nominated to lead WHO Western Pacific Region

Tonga’s Minister for Health, Dr Saia Ma’u Piukala has been nominated as the next World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for the Western Pacific. His candidacy was successful at the WHO Regional

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WHO Western Pacific candidates vow to rebuild staff trust

Candidates vying for the regional director position at the World Health Organisation Western Pacific regional office fielded member states’ questions in a unique online public forum meant to gauge their priorities and

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Tonga and Solomon Islands make bid for WHO Regional Director post

Tonga and Solomon Islands have nominated medical experts for the position of World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for the Western Pacific. Tonga has nominated Dr Saia Ma’u Piukala, and Solomon Islands has

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WHO chief declares end to COVID-19 as a global health emergency

The head of the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared “with great hope” an end to COVID-19 as a public health emergency, stressing that it does not mean the disease is no longer a global threat. “Last

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Who could be WHO’s next Western Pacific leader?

There are hopes a Pacific person will head the Western Pacific region for the World Health Organisation (WHO).  It follows the sacking of regional director Takeshi Kasai after allegations of harassment, abuse and

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Eye disease trachoma eliminated in Vanuatu, leads the way for Pacific push

The Fred Hollows Foundation has welcomed the World Health Organization’s (WHO) confirmation that Vanuatu has eliminated the eye disease trachoma as a public health problem. The Foundation, with the support of The

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PRESS RELEASE: Oceania Hospitals Pte Ltd (OHPL)

Oceania Hospitals Pte Ltd (OHPL) are proud to announce that 99% of our staff are vaccinated with at least the first jab; some have received their second jab also. The few remaining are obtaining medical advice to

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How the Pacific can learn from each other, and unite on COVID vaccines

Pacific island nations can learn from the early roll-out of coronavirus vaccines in the north Pacific says the World Health Organisation’s  Representative in the South Pacific. The Pacific’s COVID response is

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COVID-19 lessons for the Pacific in 2021

Opinion: From COVID-19 containment to suppression in the Western Pacific Region: 2020 Lessons for 2021 Compared to other parts of the world, the Western Pacific Region has been comparatively fortunate. Although the

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COVID-19 a wake up call on the need for regional cooperation

Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations says the COVID-19 pandemic is a wake-up call for the Pacific on the need for regional cooperation. “If the world ever needed confirmation of why multilateralism

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