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New Zealand to fund $4.8m health partnership programme for Tonga

Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta has announced a new programme to bolster Tonga's health service.

The New Zealand government is funding a NZ$4.8 million dollar partnership programme over the next four years.

Mahuta said under the partnership, Massey University would help Tonga plan for service needs, train staff, and allocate healthcare workers to where they were most-needed.

She said New Zealand was proud to be a key partner in Tonga's health sector.

It had provided vaccines, testing kits, testing facilities, genomic sequencing and technical support to the country as it tackled the Covid-19 pandemic and the new deal was particularly important given the massive impact January's volcanic eruption and tsunami had had on Tonga, she added.

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