“The Health Centre operated with poor lighting in the wards for years; Staff had to do birth deliveries using the torches and Mobile phone lights.” Jack Seimoni, Provincial Director of Public Health
Lumi Health Centre in Sandaun Province now have their wards and streets lit up; thanks to the installation of new solar lights by Bank South Pacific (BSP). The solar lights will improve the clinic environment both for the staff and patients to work and move freely around the health Centre.
Ella Benjamin, Health Extension Officer and Officer In Charger for Lumi Health Centre, thanked the Bank for the contribution, “The Health Centre operated with poor lighting in the wards for years; Staff had to do birth deliveries using the torches and Mobile phone lights.”
Jack Seimoni, Provincial Director of Public Health, expressed his gratitude to BSP for the project, “The Installation of Solar Lights at Lumi Health Centre has impacted the patients and health staffs in a positive way, as this has increased confidence in staff attending to paitents and emergencies in the night and more importantly be able to aid in facilitating child birth in better lighting..”
He added, “It’s a bonus for us and we will take ownership of it by looking after the project. Thank you for choosing Lumi Health Centre as one of your community projects. BSP is not just a bank but a part of our community. Thank you BSP”.
Aitape Branch staff volunteered their weekends to help with assembling the parts and up the Solar Panels, digging and setting the Street Lighting pole, painting the pole and cleaning around the project site. The project was undertaken and completed within three weeks.
Meanwhile, BSP Kimbe staff worked together with the Darava Community in Talasea District to install 2 new 9000L water tanks at the local Elementary School. Darava Elementary school is about 45 minutes drive west of Kimbe Town, and is home to the hot springs in West New Britain.
Students and villagers walk a kilometre down to the springs to collect drinking water, which they leave to cool before consuming.With the new tanks installed, Students and staff can now conveniently access clean water to drink, and spend more time in school.
The project took two weeks to complete through team effort. BSP Kimbe staff gave up their weekends to assist in cleaning the project site, cementing and laying the foundations. The team gave a little extra with installing tyre swings for play area for the children.
When handing over completed project, Kimbe Branch Manager, Ruby Patu said, the team was pleased that they could contribute to help a community and will continue to look at ways to improve everyday lives through worthy projects like this. She also thanked community leaders for their support and allowing BSP to be a part of the Community.
Both community projects were completed and handed over last week. In 2016, BSP branches and Strategic Business units (SBU) will be delivering 45 community projects across the country worth over K1 Million.