2 June 2010
A thanksgiving service was held at the Vaiola Hospital complex to mark the demolition work to the Old Vaiola Hospital Building, in preparation for Phase II of the ongoing Project for Upgrading and Refurbishment of Vaiola Hospital. The Ceremony was honored by Her Royal Highness Salote Mafile'o Pilolevu Tuita, the Princess Regent who symbolically officiate the works.
The Service was led by the President of the Free Wesleyan Church, Rev. Dr.'Ahio in a joint-service with Reverends Dr. Feke Mafi, Church of Tonga President and Kalisitiane Fonua of the Vaiola Hospital Board of Visitors, followed by a brief moment of silence in reflection of the Hospital Building's long service and dedication in nearly four decades since 1971.
The Tongan Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Feleti Sevele, several Cabinet Ministers of His Majesty's Government, members of the Diplomatic missions and consulates, Parliamentarians, Nobles of the Realm , Government and Community officials were among the invited distinguished guests to the Ceremony, to witness for themselves the beginning of the demolition of the old Vaiola Building.
Hon. Dr. Viliami Tangi, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health, in his welcoming remarks reflected on the long history and significance of the first modern hospital for Tonga when it was first built in the early 1970s. Also amongst the congregation was Dr. Taniela Palu, now Chief Medical Officer in Clinical Services and Sister 'Ofa Takulua, Matron who served with the Hospital since 1971.
Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa.