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Tonga Prime Minister Pōhiva “in hospital but he is fine,” PM Office says

Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva is “in hospital but he is fine,” his media spokesperson Lōpeti Senituli told Kaniva news last night.

It is understood the 78-year-old was diagnosed with pneumonia and had been recovered.

In a previous interview Pōhiva said his routine check-ups with his doctors showed he was healthy but he sometime felt the burden of his duties for the country.

Pōhiva, who will turn 78 this Sunday, said he was often attacked by the Opposition in the House accusing him of his health conditions and that he was not fit medically to continue on his job.

“I just kept silent. I told them look after yourself. I am fine.”

He said he was happy that he was not diabetic or suffered one of the diseases which links to diabetes-related conditions.

In January last year he was admitted into Vaiola hospital in a “stable condition.”

At the time, a spokesperson said Hon Pōhiva has been moved to the hospital’s intensive care unit to avoid being disturbed by visitors who arrived  to see him.

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