A Singaporean investor has donated medical equipment and supplies worth SG$1 million (US$741,000) to Binh Duong Province in southern Vietnam to support local pandemic prevention and control efforts.
The assistance, which was provided by Sembcorp Industries, was handed over to the Binh Duong People’s Committee during a virtual ceremony on Saturday.
The ceremony was also attended by Vietnamese Ambassador to Singapore Mai Phuoc Dung and Singaporean Ambassador to Vietnam Jaya Ratnam.
The first shipment of the donation, including a real-time RT-PCR test system and 12 high-end BIPAP ventilators for Binh Duong General Hospital as well as 65 patient monitoring devices for local COVID-19 treatment facilities, has been delivered.
The remaining batches of medical supplies will arrive in the coming time.
Binh Duong has recorded more than 175,000 local COVID-19 infections since the fourth wave hit the country on April 27, vice-chairman of the provincial administration Nguyen Loc Ha said at the ceremony.
|Attendees are pictured during the virtual ceremony on September 18, 2021. Photo: Ba Son / Tuoi Tre|
The donation from the Singaporean investor will certainly help improve the local treatment capacity and save many lives, Ha continued.
Sembcorp Industries and Vietnam’s Becamex IDC are the developers of the Vietnam - Singapore Industrial Parks (VSIP), a cooperation project between the two countries’ governments that was initiated 25 years ago.
The system currently includes ten industrial parks in Binh Duong and other provinces across Vietnam, attracting a large amount of investment and creating hundreds of thousands of jobs for local workers.
Aside from Sembcorp Industries, several other foreign investors have also assisted in the fight against COVID-19 in Binh Duong.
Warburg Pincus and its Vietnamese partners previously handed over a factory covering tens of hectares to help build a makeshift hospital for COVID-19 treatment with a capacity of 27,000 beds.