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New WHO South Pacific Representative presents credentials in Nuku'alofa

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24 February 2012. Dr. Dong II Ahn has been appointed Representative of the World Health Organization for the South Pacific, with offices located in Suva, Fiji. As Head of Mission and Representative, Dr. Ahn will be responsible for the activities of the World Health Organization in Tonga, and accountable directly to the Director-General and to the Regional Director of the World Health Organization, on behalf of the Governing Bodies of the World Health Organization.

In his official capacity as South Pacific Representative, he may act on behalf of the World Health Organization at all levels, to exercise any and all authority as may be necessary for the effectiveness representation thereof, and to issue and revoke powers of attorney as may be necessary.

On February 21, Dr. Dong II Ahn accompanied the Regional Director for the Western Pacific of the World Health Organization, Dr. Shin Young-Soo, who is based in Manila, and other WHO officials came to Tonga to meet and extend the WHO's courtesies to the Government of Tonga.

The WHO mission to Tonga was received by the Acting Prime Minister Hon. Samiu Kuita Vaipulu in Nuku'alofa. The Minister for Health, Hon. ‘Uliti Uata was represented in the meeting by his Director, Dr. Siale ‘Akau'ola and senior Health officials from the Ministry of Health.

The visit of the WHO South Pacific and Regional Director for the Western Pacific of the World Health Organization to Tonga has not only serve to introduce the new WHO Representative to various departments of the Government, especially its health administration and national health organizations, but also reaffirmed the relationship between Tonga and the World Health Organizations and renewing future program assistance programs to the health sector.


Issued by the: Ministry of Information and Communications, Nuku'alofa, 2012. Contact: +676 28-170. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Website: www.mic.gov.to Address: Level 2, Sanft Building, Taufa'ahau Road, Nuku'alofa.

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