The National, Friday July 6th, 2012
By SALLY TIWARI
NURSES and doctors in Papua New Guinea work under extreme conditions to deliver heath services to the people, Bank South Pacific chief executive officer Ian Clyne says.
Clyne said that was why the bank admired their tireless efforts and was pleased to support them through community projects, one of which was the construction of new cardiothoracic unit in Ward Seven of the Port Moresby General Hospital.
Launching the new ward, Clyne said BSP branches at Boroko, Douglas Street and Gordon’s provided K100,000 for the construction of this standard unit that met international standards.
He said the ward would host the lifesaving Operation Open Heart programme, running from August 2-9.
“I believe many people will be healed in this room as we are giving this with a cheerful heart,” Clyne said.
He said this was one of 35 community projects funded each year apart from those in education, sport and the environment.
Hospital chief executive officer Dr Sam Vegogo said after 18 years, the Operation Open Heart programme would now finally take place in its own operating theatre.
“This is a significant contribution to the hospital since its establishment and we know that together we can work to save many lives,” he said.
He thanked the bank on behalf of patients and staff for funding the project.
Hospital director medical services Dr David Mokela said they had a plan to create the unit since 2008 but lacked funding.
Mokela thanked the management of construction company Curtain Brothers for volunteering to build the unit.