The government of Singapore donated a total of 3,000 test kits for COVID-19 and a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine to the Philippines.
“I received this afternoon a donation from the Singapore government of 3,000 Covid-19 diagnostic test kits and one polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine,” said Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.
Singaporean Ambassador to Manila Gerard Ho Wei Hong personally handed the equipment to Locsin.
Donations from all over the world started pouring to fight the rapid increase of COVID-19 cases in the country.
Last week, China donated a total of 100,000 COVID-19 test kits and essential medical supplies to the Philippines.
The US government also pledged over PHP139 million to assist the Department of Health (DOH) in its infectious disease threat prevention and response.
Singapore donates 3,000 test kits, PCR machine to PH
Locsin also said in a tweet that “someone is willing to donate refrigeration facilities.”
“I have good news. DOH told me the process of accrediting the big hospitals and labs with secure facilities to contain virus will be complete this Friday. They’ll be doing testing. Also, China shipments (are) farmed out. I referred someone willing to donate refrigeration facilities,” he wrote.
On Monday, the Philippine Navy (PN) and various stakeholders gave over 50 medical protective overalls or “bunny suits” to the Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP).
The hospital appealed earlier that they are already running out of personal protective equipment (PPE) suits and gowns for their medical frontliners.
The Lucio Tan Group of Companies (LT Group, Inc.) and the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation Inc. (JVOFI) also donated two new ambulances to the Philippine Army to transport patients amid enhanced community quarantine.