The National, Thursday 09th Febuary 2012
BANK South Pacific will upgrade the radio therapy and oncology clinic at the Angau Memorial Hospital in Lae.
A brief ground breaking ceremony yesterday marked the third time the bank had stepped in to help the hospital through its community project.
The bank’s three Lae branches – Commercial, Lae top town and Market – joined hands to facilitate the upgrade.
The bank will build a new chemotherapy room and buy equipment such as laboratory goggles, gowns, surgical masks, gloves, a split air-conditioning unit, a fridge, IV fluids and a pedestal fan.
A new computer and software required to help in radiotherapy will be sourced from Australia and supplied to the hospital.
The project was overseen by BSP’s three branch managers – Agnes Mark (Lae Commercial), Mary Kundi (Lae Market) and Thomas Tembil (Top Town deputy branch manager) – who said they would ensure the storage room was set up to store the drugs which cancer patients needed.
The three were joined by Angau Memorial Hospital chief executive officer Dr Polapoi Chalau, who thanked BSP for the funds and resources that would be used to benefit the people all over the country as this was the only national cancer treatment centre.
Chalau said “they will now use these new facilities provided by BSP to be set up as a training facility for all nurses in hospitals around the country so they can establish new chemo treatment centres in all the hospitals rather than sending them to the national cancer treatment centre in Lae.”
Lae Top town deputy branch manager Thomas Tembil said: “As the only home-grown bank in Papua New Guinea, such is our commitment, as we truly understand that we have the opportunity to make a meaningful and lasting difference where it matters most”.
“BSP’s commitment to give back to local communities was through a number of initiatives at corporate as well as branch level focusing on health, education, sports and the environment.
“As a responsible corporate citizen, BSP is committed to giving back to the people and communities where we operate.”