Prime Minister cleared of prostate cancer, gov’t denies newspaper report

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The Prime Minister and some of the staff at Vaiola hospital. Photo/Kili Ma'ilei Pōhiva

Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva has been cleared of prostrate cancer.

A report from the Ministry of Health released to Kaniva News said a tissue sample removed from Hon. Pōhiva’s prostate was benign and showed no sign of cancer.

“Various reports in the media, stating that the Honourable Prime Minister is suffering from cancer, are untrue,” a government press release said.

“The Prime Minister and his family would like to thank all who have visited and offered prayers during this very difficult time.”

The release said Hon. Pohiva had been discharged from hospital over the weekend.

He had been in the Intensive Care Unit at Vaiola Hospital for observation and monitoring.

On Saturday his daughter Lautala posted a photograph online showing him and his wife Neomai and a friend spending time at a park in Popua.

His eldest son Siaosi said his father went to the Popua park after he arrived home.

As we reported yesterday, the Ministry of Health denied a report by Kakalu ‘o Tonga newspaper last week claiming Prime Minster ‘Akilisi Pōhiva has prostate cancer.

“The news is absolutely wrong and I do not know where they got their information from,” Dr. Sione Lātū from Vaiola hospital told Kaniva News last night.

Kakalu ‘o Tonga editor ‘Ulu’alofa Po’uhila told Kaniva News he had been subject to personal attacks on social media after he published the story last week.

Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva left last week’s swearing-in ceremony in Parliament early to return to hospital.

It is understood his doctor accompanied him to Parliament.

Hon. Pohiva missed the first sitting of Parliament because he was in intensive care.

The main points

  • Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva has been cleared of prostrate cancer.
  • A report from the Ministry of Health released to Kaniva News said a tissue sample removed from Hon. Pohiva’s prostate was benign and showed no sign of cancer.
  • “Various reports in the media, stating that the Honourable Prime Minister is suffering from cancer, are untrue,” a government press release said.
  • “The Prime Minister and his family would like to thank all who have visited and offered prayers during this very difficult time.”

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  1. ‘Oku ‘ikai ke kanisā ‘a e ‘Eiki Palēmia fakatatau ki he lipooti ‘a e toketā makehe pe ‘oku ‘iloa ko e ‘iulolosisi. Ko e kau toketa ‘eni ‘oku nau taafataha ki he faito’o ‘o e ngaahi fokoutua ‘oku felave’i mo e konga ‘o e tangata ki he tu’uofi (prostate pe polositeti hufanga he fakatapu).

    Kuo tuku ange mai ki he Ongoongo ‘a e Kaniva ha fakamatala ko e lipooti ‘eni mei he Potungaue Mo’ui kuo hā ai ‘a e sivi mo’ui lelei na’e fai kia ‘Akilisi Pōhiva ko e ‘Eiki Palēmia ‘o Tonga.

    Ko e lipooti ‘eni ‘i he ‘aho 30 Nōvema 2016, ko e ‘oatu ia mei Nu’u Sila mei he toketa taukei makehe pe urologist mei Mt Eden ‘i ‘Aokalani.

    ‘I he lipooti ‘a e toketaa na’a ne pehē ai kuo mahino mei hono sivi ‘o e konga ne to’o mei he sino ‘o Pōhiva ‘oku hao ia mei he kanisaa polositeti.

    Na’e tuku ange mai ‘eni ki he Kaniva mei he Potungāue Mo’ui hili ia ha kole ke faka’atā mai pea loto ‘a e palēmia mo ‘ene fānau ke tuku ange e fakamatala ni ki tu’a.

    Ne toe tuku ange mai foki ‘e he pule’anga ‘enau fakamatala tuku ange ‘aneafi ‘o fakahā ai ‘enau faka’ikai’i e lipooti ‘o pehē ‘oku kanisā ‘a e Palēmia.

    ‘Oku mahino ‘i he lipooti ko ‘eni ko e kilīniki na’a nau fai ‘a e lipooti ko ‘eni ‘o e fakamatala fakafaito’o ki he palēmia ‘oku tu’u ia ‘i he hala Landscape ‘i Mt Eden fika c/14.