12 June 2020 The Honourable Prime Minister Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa told reporters during today’s press conference that the Cabinet has accepted the letter from the family of late Natania Camellia Sanft requested her deceased body to be sent and buried at Tu’anekivale, Vava’u.
Hon Tu’i’onetoa stated that the Cabinet has discussed the family request through yesterday’s Cabinet meeting and allowed the Health’s Minister Hon Dr ‘Amelia A Tu’ipulotu to discuss the issue with her Ministry before finalising on today’s Cabinet meeting.
As a result, the Cabinet made the final decision today and allowed the deceased to be sent and buried with her grandparents at Tu’anekivale, Vava’u, subject to the full supervision of the Ministry of Health workers.
Hon Dr ‘Amelia Afuha’amango Tu’ipulotu told reporters that no one is allowed to make any physical contact with the deceased whatsoever. The Ministry of Health will supervise the funeral to make sure that her coffin will not open due to a precaution measure.
Hon Tu’i’onetoa, therefore, emphasised that the decision of the Cabinet was made to the best of their abilities as they considered the low risk to the community and the importance of family values.
However, all Cabinet members are stood with their decision and prepared to face the consequences of it should anything goes astray.
The cost of sending the body of Natania Sanft to Vava’u will be paid by her family.
Miss Natania C Sanft died in Fiji while she went there with her parent Kolesi and Telesia Kauvaka Sanft from Tu’anekivale, Vava’u on a government’s scholarship.
Natania’s body was allowed to repatriate solely to Tonga through MV Voea Neiafu, without her parent or neither of her close family due to the emergency law under the Ministry of Health.
MV Voea Neiafu arrived in Tongatapu on Thursday morning 11th of June 2020 and the body of Natania C Sanft was taken to Touliki Camp to allow three days quarantine before taken her for burial at Tongatapu.
People questioned the original decision of the government not to allow the body of the late Natania C Sanft to be buried in Vava’u despite the reply from the Minister of Health stated that the law is only allowed overseas ship or aeroplane to either arrive at Nuku’alofa or Fu’amotu.
We should be grateful for the Prime Minister Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa, Minister of Health Hon Dr ‘Amelia A Tu’ipulotu and the rest of the Cabinet Ministers for the efforts that they committed to serving the people of Tonga regardless the extreme threat of the COVID-19. The family of Natania Sanft and the people of Tonga are with you Hon Tu’i’onetoa in this time of desperate need.
FAKAHA ‘E HE PALEMIA KI HE KAU FAIONGOONGO KUO TALI ‘EHE KAPINETI ‘A E KOLE MEI HE FAMILI ‘O NATANIA C SANFT KE FAKAFOLAU ‘O FAKAHOKO HONO ME’AFAKA’EIKI ‘I VAVA’U
Na’e fakaha foki he ‘aho ni ‘e he ‘Eiki Palemia Hon Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa ki he kau faiongoongo na’e fakahoko ‘a e Kapineti e ua fekau’aki pea moe ki’i finemui ko Natania C Sanft ‘aia na’e malolo ‘i Fisi lolotonga ‘ene ‘i Fisi mo ‘ene ongo matu’a ‘aia ‘oku lolotonga ako ai ‘ene ongo matu’a he sikolasipi. Na’e fakafolau mai ‘a e sino e pekia he MV Voea Neiafu pea na’e tu’uta mai ki Tongatapu he pongipongi Tu’apulelulu. Na’e ‘amanaki ke ‘ata e sino ‘o Natania ‘a pongipongi ‘aia koe ‘aho ia hono tolu hono kolonitini pea ke fakahoko hono putu ‘i Tongatapu pe. Ka na’e tohi kole e famili ki he Kapineti ke faka’ata ange sino ‘o Natania ke fakafolau ki Vava’u ‘o fakahoko ai ‘a hono me’a faka’eiki. Na’e ‘ikai foki ke toe tali ha taha ke folau mai he Voea Neiafu ‘o ‘au ki he ongomatu’a ‘a Netania koe ‘uhi koe lao fakataputapui ‘oku lolotonga fakahoko i Tonga ni.
Na’e me’a Palemia ‘o fakaha kuo tali he Kapineti ‘o e ‘aho ni ke fakafakafolau atu e sino ‘o Netania ki Vava’u ke fakahoko ai hono putu ka kuo pau kenau muimui pau ki he tuutu’uni e Potungaue Mo’ui moe kau ‘Ofisa tenau ‘i he putu ke fakapapau’i ‘oku ‘ikai ke toe fakahoko ha fe’iloaki moe pekia pehe ki hano toe fakaava e puha mate. Na’e fakaha foki ‘e Hon Tu’i’onetoa koe tu’utu’uni aofangatuku na’e fakahoko ‘ehe Kapineti ‘oku nau tui koe lelei taha ia koe ‘uhi he ‘oku nau vakai ‘oku ikai ke ‘iai ha fu’u uesia e ala hoko pea ‘oku nau fiefia kenau tu’uma’u he ‘enau tu’utu’uni ‘o tatau ai pe. ‘Oku mahu’inga leva ke fai hano fakamalo’ia e Palemia mo ‘ene Kapineti ‘i he feilaulau kuo nau fakahoko ma’ae kakai e fonua ke kei fakapapau’i ‘oku nau taliui mo ngaue ma’ae kakai e fonua.
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