Date: Thursday 10th August, 2017

Bank South Pacific (BSP) has donated K75,000 to the 2017  Operation Open Heart Program; a worthy cause that has given thousands of Papua New Guineas  a second chance in life.


The donation was presented by BSP's General Manager Retail Banking, Mr Paul Thornton to the Patron of Operation Open Heart Program and MP, Honourable Justin Tkatchenko on Wednesday 9th, 2017 for the welcome reception at the Stanley Hotel.

Mr Thornton said, "BSP has been a strong supporter for the Operation Open Heart (OOP) since 2000 and remains committed to supporting skills development for Papua New Guinean doctors, and more importantly giving heart patients a new lease in life."

Mr Tkatchenko thanked the Bank for the contribution and added, "Operation Open Heart would not be a success without the tremendous support of all its corporate sponsors for over 20 years."

This life saving program was initiated in 1993, when specialist Australian doctors volunteered to travel to Papua New Guinea to to perform cardiac surgical operations in Papua New Guinea (PNG), share experience and facilitate skills transfer from the visiting team members to their PNG counterparts.

Over the years, the support team has expanded to include Volunteer Medical teams coming from Singapore, who maintain the relationship with the hospital and staff to deliver adult cardiac surgery and care mainly focused on training in paediatric cases.

"The result of this program and invaluable training is that Papua New Guinean Doctors can now perform close heart surgeries in PNG, with limited supervision," said Mr Tkatchenko

This year marks the 24th year of the OOH program planning and execution.