Singapore Sends Ventilators, Oxygen Supply to Help Indonesia Quell COVID Surge

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  • A health worker prepares an oxygen tank for a COVID-19 patient at the emergency room of Kramat Jati Regional General Hospital in Jakarta, Thursday, July 8, 2021. TEMPO/Hilman Fathurrahman W

    A health worker prepares an oxygen tank for a COVID-19 patient at the emergency room of Kramat Jati Regional General Hospital in Jakarta, Thursday, July 8, 2021. TEMPO/Hilman Fathurrahman W

    TEMPO.CO, JakartaSingapore has sent aid to Indonesia as the archipelago faces surging numbers of daily COVID-19 infections. On Friday, 9 July, the medical aid from Singapore arrived in Jakarta.

    The Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry said that help from Singapore arrived in the form of 200 ventilator units and 256 empty oxygen cylinders, each with a 50-liter capacity. Singapore also sent masks, gloves, PPE, headgears, and other medical equipment.

    The Indonesian government also procured 10,000 units of oxygen concentrator from Singapore. Thirty of them arrived together with the relief cargo.

    A number of government agencies from Indonesia and Singapore will cooperate in distributing medical supplies as quickly as possible.

    The Singaporean government website, mfa.gov.sg, said that the national Air Force C-130 left Paya Lebar Airport to Jakarta on Friday morning, 9 July.

    Singapore's Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan symbolically handed over the aid to the Indonesian Ambassador to Singapore Suryo Pratomo this morning prior to the Air Force jet's departure. Balakrishnan said that as neighbors and partners, Singapore and Indonesia will continue to support each other in facing challenges posed by the pandemic. 

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