The BSP Financial Group Limited (BSP), has completed its latest Branch Community Project by constructing a sheltered patient’s waiting area and other general maintenance works at the Namau Nursing Station. This was a project chosen by its Ba and Tavua branch staff in consultation with the Ministry of Health.
BSP Country Head Haroon Ali said, “As Fiji’s largest Bank, we strive for business excellence to meet Shareholder expectations and at the same time recognise our responsibility to give back to the Community and Vanua that we serve. Our Values inspire our Corporate Social Responsibility programs from delivering banking services to all Fijians, including those in remote locations, to our Annual Community Project initiatives that leave a lasting benefit for communities”.
Once the Namau Nursing Station was approved as a community project, staff from Ba and Tavua branches mobilised to deliver the new sheltered waiting area, upgraded the ablution blocks and also installed water tanks to allow the facility to operate when water supply was disrupted. “Our community projects are much more than just funding; our staff also volunteer to complete these projects and their “sweat equity” forms a critical part of this program. Mr Ali. took the opportunity to thank BSP staff who had contributed towards the successful delivery of this important project for the benefit of residents in Namau and surrounding areas.
The Senior Medical Officer Ba, Dr. Emali Tuirara acknowledged BSP for its contribution saying that the assistance would make a big difference in their patient’s service experience.
“Prior to BSP’s generous donation, patients would have to sit around outside, under the trees, in the hot sun or rain, while waiting to be seen by the nurse. The community and we, the Ba Division medical team, are very thankful for this project which will greatly benefit our patients”.
The Namau Nursing station serves a population of 3,000 residents spread across several villages and settlements who are primarily engaged in agriculture and livestock farming. This is the latest BSP Community Project in a series of similar initiatives that complement the Ministry of Health’s strategic imperatives to improve rural health care services. Other recently completed projects at rural nursing stations were in Nawaicoba, Nadrau and Coqeloa.
Since 2009, BSP has invested over $10m back into Fijian communities in the areas of health, education, sports, environment and improving the livelihoods of rural communities.