In true Christmas spirit Bank South Pacific (BSP) has made a difference in the lives of the Poutasi and Falealili District through an upgrade project to the Poutasi hospital.
The assistance involved the building of new restrooms including facilities for those with special care needs at the Poutasi Falealili District Hospital as well as renovations and tiling of the doctors and nurses’ home.
A special ceremony held last Tuesday was attended by Samoa’s Minister of Health Hon. Faimalotoa Kika Stowers Ah-Kay, Member of Parliament for Falealili West Aumua Leavasa Isaia Lameko, Poutasi High Chief Tuatagaloa Joe Annandale, hospital staff and invited guests.
Reverend Letone Uili of the EFKS church at Poutasi officiated the event with an opening prayer of thanksgiving.
BSP General Manager Taituuga Maryann Lameko-Vaai in her address said the diverse range of BSP projects every year is synonymous with BPS’s vision, to be the leading financial service provider in helping our Pacific communities prosper.
This year’s project was specifically chosen to promote the importance of Healthy Living and Good Hygiene, especially given the global impact of COVID-19 and the increasing number of patients at district hospitals.
“BSP’s corporate culture is to be fully engaged and committed to the prosperity and wellness of the communities that we operate in. Our consistent message is that BSP cares, and we are committed to giving back to the community,” added Taitu’uga.
The Minister of Health in her keynote speech, thanked BSP on behalf of the Government, for this initiative and for continuously supporting the efforts of the Government for the benefit of our people.
High Chief Tuatagaloa Joe Annandale himself a hotelier, spoke about the importance of cleanliness to basic health within the village.
Tuatagaloa said, “clean restrooms are a first measure of a well-managed hotel and the same can be said of a hospital…
“We are grateful to BSP for thinking of us and funding the additional facilities for the people of this district”, said the High Chief of Poutasi and Falealili.
Other BSP projects completed this year have included donations to Mapuifagalele Home for the Elderly, Mapuipulotu Home for the Elderly in Savaii, Samoa Victim Samoa Group, Samoa Cancer Society, Fitman Men’s Conference, Carmelite Sisters, Goshen Trust, School Prizegivings, Water Tanks, Manase Tourism Festival, Go Green Clean Up.. and several other community projects through sports and church youth groups.