BSP has once again showed generous support towards the Operation Heart Program by presenting another annual donation of K100,000.
BSP Corporate Sponsorship Manager Amelia Minnopu along with Community Partner – the Brisbane Broncos Management presented the cheque on behalf of BSP. to Kathy Johnston – Operation Open Heart Foundation Chairlady, as well as the CEO of Port Moresby General Hospital, Dr Paki Molumi and his team of Cardiac Surgeons,
Ms. Minnopu stated that BSP was pleased to continue its assistance, totalling over K2.2 million since the year 2000.
“We are pleased to support a program that not only saves lives but also strengthens the skills of our local medical team at Port Moresby General Hospital.”
“We hope that our support will help surgeons continue to save lives and also provide a place for patients after surgery.”
The program has assisted with surgical heart operations for the first 26 years.
The Port Moresby General Hospital Cardiac Unit now has a specialized team performing closed heart surgeries, including Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) ligations, and Provincial Paediatric Cardiac Screening.
This has extended to training local cardiothoracic surgeons and intensive care unit nurses.
CEO of Port Moresby General Hospital, Dr Paki Molumi said Operation Open Heart has been a great success for this country.
“Over 2,000 children have undergone surgeries to date, and they all lead normal lives and support the national economy.”
“We are grateful to BSP for their collaboration and visitation to Port Moresby General Hospital. The personnel are eager to advance this program.”
The Operation Open Heart Program has given thousands of Papua New Guineans a second chance in life.
The program that was a service is now a training program, led by Chief Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr Noah Tapaua.
Through the support of Corporate Organisations like BSP, the Operation Open Heart Team has visited over 12 provinces screening children who have undergone surgery by the local medical team.