Japan’s GGP Handover of the new Ma‘ufanga Health Clinic

Japan’s GGP Handover of the new Ma‘ufanga Health Clinic
The Embassy of Japan in Tonga handed over to the Ministry of Health the newly constructed Ma‘ufanga Health Clinic, funded through Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass Roots Human Security Project (GGP) on Thursday, 14 April 2022.  
His Excellency Mr. MUNENAGA Kensaku, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Tonga congratulated the completion of the Project and was pleased to join with Lord Fakafanua, Estate Holder of Ma‘ufanga and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga to unveil the plaque for the new clinic building. Hon. Poasi Tei, Acting Prime Minister, Hon Saia Piukala, Minister for Health, Hon. Tatafu Moeaki, Minister for Finance and Minister for Custom and Revenue, Hon. Viliami Latu, Minister for Trade and Economic Development, Hon. Semisi Fakafau, Minister for Fisheries, and Hon. Seventini Toumoua, Minister for Infrastructure, were present at the ceremony.
“Under the current critical circumstance, I strongly believe this Clinic could play a good role in confronting all public health challenges,” said Ambassador MUNENAGA.
“We must continue our efforts to address various medical issues and secure access to quality health services for the people of Tonga,” he added.
The Ma’ufanga Health Clinic, established in the 1990s, moved to various places due to deterioration and damages caused by cyclones. The Limited number of rooms was also challenging for the Clinic to provide appropriate health service. To overcome such challenges, Tongan Ministry of Health sought for Japan’s GGP assistance to secure adequate medical health services delivery to all people at all times.
In acknowledging Japan’s assistance, Hon. Tatafu Moeaki, Minister of Finance and Minister for Custom and Revenue extended his gratitude for Japan’s generousity. This project for the new Clinic benefits more than a thousand households of Ma‘ufanga.