Jakarta: The Indonesian Government has received 10 thousand covid-19 test kits and protective equipment from Singapore to aid efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Singaporean Ambassador to Indonesia Anil Kumar Nayar handed over the assistance to Indonesian Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian at the Home Affairs Ministry here on Friday, April 3, 2020.
"The assistance reflects the Singapore government's concrete support for Indonesia," Karnavian said.
He said Singapore had earlier extended similar assistance to the Batam municipal government in Riau Islands Province, which borders Singapore.
"The assistance included ventilators, thermal scanners, masks, protective equipment, and protective gowns, all of which were handed over to the Batam municipal government," he said.
The minister said he would hand over the covid-19 test kits and protective equipment received from Singapore to the covid-19 Response Task Force of the Health Ministry.
"It is the Health Minister and the task force who will distribute the items to hospitals, cities, or anywhere else," he said.
On behalf of the Indonesian government, Karnavian expressed gratitude to the Singapore government for its assistance.
He expressed the hope that the existing good relations and cooperation between the two countries would increase in the future.
The two neighboring nations could hopefully help one another fight the current covid-19 pandemic, he said.
"The covid-19 crisis will increasingly make our relations and cooperation closer," he added.