Apriza Pinandita, Jakarta – The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) has sent the Timor Leste Red Cross (CVTL) medical supplies for COVID-19 mitigation measures as part of ongoing efforts to strengthen the spirit of collaboration between the two cross-border institutions.
The aid packages arrived in Timor Leste on Wednesday, according to a statement from the Indonesian Embassy in Dili.
They comprise personal protective equipment (PPE) for COVID-19 handling, including 500 masks, 500 protection suits, 500 glasses, 500 face shields, 10,000 packages of disinfectant, 10 sprayers and 10 thermometers to be used by volunteers and medical workers in 13 districts in Timor Leste.
In total, the supplies weighed around 4 tons.
"Although the PMI is actually experiencing a similar challenge, namely a supply shortage for COVID-19 countermeasures, it is still committed to offering help," Sahat Sitorus, Indonesian Ambassador to Timor Leste, said in the statement.
He expressed his hope for the two groups to further strengthen their ties in the future, then thanked them as well as on-duty doctors and nurses for their hard work in containing the outbreak in Timor Leste. The country has reported zero COVID-19 cases since May 15.
The country has recorded 24 COVID-19 patients in total, all of whom have recovered.