Singapore has contributed medical supplies to the government of the Philippines to help fight the Covid-19 outbreak.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs shared in a statement on March 24 that Singapore contributed the following:
- 3,000 diagnostic tests.
- One polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine.
The offer was made in a phone call between Health Minister Gan Kim Yong and Philippine Secretary of Health Francisco Duque III.
The supplies will help the Philippines to detect cases of Covid-19 more quickly.
On March 24, Singapore Ambassador to the Philippines Gerard Ho handed over the supplies to Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro L Locsin Jr. in Manila.
Locsin Jr tweeted about the offer on March 22 and expressed his gratitude:
Singapore is DONATING 3,000 COVID test kits and one PCR machine. THANK YOU SO MUCH. Memoing the President about this right now. I’m a bit tired.
— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) March 22, 2020
And again on March 24:
I received today a donation from the Singapore government of 3,000 COVID-19 diagnostic tests and one polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine. The turnover ceremony was led by Singapore Ambassador Gerard Ho Wei Hong pic.twitter.com/jef3nUs7ZX
— Teddy Locsin Jr. (@teddyboylocsin) March 24, 2020
Top image from MFA.