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BSP donates K100,000 to POM General Hospital for Covid-19 support

Friday, November 12, 2021

With urgent support required by Port Moresby General Hospital to combat the Delta Variant Covid-19 crisis in the city, BSP Financial Group Limited (BSP) is pleased to donate K100,000 to assist the country’s major hospital.

In presenting the K100,000 donation today to Port Moresby General Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Dr Paki Molumi and his staff, BSP Group CEO Robin Fleming said; “BSP understands the plight the hospital is facing in this uncertain times, especially the COVID-19 Delta Variant Crisis.”

“The continuous surge in the number of Covid-19 Delta Variant cases not only poses a threat to PNG’s economy, it is greatly affecting businesses and the country’s health system.  Indeed this is worse than the last two surges and our BSP staff and their families are being affected as well. As a community bank, we want to do our bit to assist the Port Moresby General Hospital, as it’s not only the main hospital in the city but the main referral and specialist hospital, including its teaching and training role.

BSP Financial Group Limited (BSP) CEO Robin Fleming making his remarks during the presentation of the K100,000. cheque donation to POM General Hospital

“Just like the hospitals, BSP as a bank is an essential service provider and we will continue to keep our branches open and we will continue to encourage our staff to get vaccinated especially when Covid-19 continues to spread rapidly. We would also like to extend our sincere condolences to those families who have lost loved ones to Covid-19,” Mr Fleming added.

CEO of the Port Moresby General Hospital Dr Paki Molumi in accepting the assistance said the hospital’s Covid-19 isolation ward is full to capacity and with over 150 cases admitted, more than 60 percent of those patients require oxygen.

“We are opening up new wards to accommodate and manage the increasing number of patients so more lives can be saved. Funding from the Government has been slow and we are grateful for the assistance by BSP today.

The hospital has lost over 40 patients to Covid-19 since 27th September, 2021, and is struggling to keep its workforce with already 70 staff infected and in isolation. The mortuary is filled to capacity with over 300 bodies, of which more than 50 are Covid-19 victims,” said Dr Molumi.

BSP also noted that its support to Covid-19 also included the installation of 150 wash stations around the country by its respective branches to the value of K110, 000.00 in 2020 through its community project initiative.

“In 2020 and 2021, our community projects included support to 32 hospitals and medical centres to the value of K1.18 million which included medical equipment donation, solar power installation and building refurbishments.