(22 Aug 2021)
The Changi Airport community in Singapore has come
together to support Indonesia in its fight against the ongoing
COVID19 pandemic with a donation of 1,380 oxygen concentrators.
The donation was supported by over 30 airport
partners from a range of sectors including retail, engineering and
construction, as well as many individual airport staff.
Oxygen concentrators are useful for COVID19
patients experiencing a drop in oxygen levels, leading to
respiratory distress. The concentrators take in ambient air and
remove nitrogen from it, leaving oxygen-enriched air for use by
the patient. The portable machines can be used for hours without
the need for replacement or refill of any other material.
The Indonesia Ministry of Health will deploy the
oxygen concentrators to hospitals in the country, providing
assistance to COVID19 patients.
His Excellency Suryo Pratomo, Indonesian
Ambassador to Singapore said, “This unprecedented situation
requires solid communication and collaboration between us to fight
the COVID19 virus. No single country can fight this pandemic
alone, so strong cooperation is needed. Indonesia and Singapore
have showcased the true meaning of ‘a friend in need is a friend
indeed’. I highly appreciate these oxygen concentrators donated by
the Singapore Changi Airport community, which shows earnest
support and understanding of our fight against Indonesia’s
pandemic. Thank you very much.”
Aviation links between Singapore and Indonesia
have been strong, with Singapore connected to 13 Indonesian cities
in 2019. The Singapore-Jakarta air route has been one of the
busiest in the world with over 260 weekly services pre-COVID19.
Passenger movements between Singapore and Indonesia exceeded four
million per annum in 2019.
Mr Lee Seow Hiang, Chief Executive Officer of
Changi Airport Group, said, “COVID19 has impacted everyone, and no
country has been spared the effects of the pandemic. But no
country should have to walk this battle path alone. I think this
was what many of us had in mind when the Changi Airport community
came together in a combined effort, to do our small part to help
Indonesia, whom Singapore has close links with. I sincerely thank
all our partners and contributors in this effort. We stand with
the people of Indonesia during this difficult time and sincerely
hope that our contribution will go some way towards saving
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