Current Affairs

S’pore Sends Oxygen Concentrators To Myanmar, Helps Affected Communities Fight Covid-19

Singapore Sends 200 Oxygen Concentrators To Myanmar As They Face Surge In Covid-19 Cases

Singapore has seen a recent uptick in cases but authorities are dealing with it swiftly, curbing further spread of infections.

Unfortunately, not all countries around us have the same resources available to do this.

Yesterday (28 Jul), Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan shared that Singapore will be contributing 200 units of oxygen concentrators to Myanmar.



This will aid Myanmar’s fight against surging Covid-19 cases.

Myanmar battling an alarming surge in Covid-19 cases

In the past month, there have been over 120,000 cases and 7,800 deaths in Myanmar.

The country reached its highest daily records of new cases and deaths in July, with infections on the rise since June, reported Channel NewsAsia (CNA).

Fighting this deadly surge against the backdrop of political unrest, Myanmar has been seeking international help.

Singapore pledges 200 units of oxygen concentrators to Myanmar

On Wednesday (28 Jul), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) announced that Singapore will contribute 200 10-litre oxygen concentrators to support Myanmar in its battle against Covid-19.


The Singapore Red Cross will work with the Myanmar Red Cross Society to distribute the concentrators to affected communities.

According to The Straits Times (ST), the oxygen concentrators concentrate oxygen from atmospheric air. The Oxygen Concentrator Store explains that the device assists people with low levels of oxygen in their blood.

These oxygen concentrators will supplement Singapore’s earlier contributions to Myanmar, which have included the following, among other medical supplies:

  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machines
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Surgical masks
  • Hand sanitisers

Singapore stands in solidarity with Myanmar

MFA assured that Singapore stands in solidarity with the people of Myanmar in combatting Covid-19.

In addition to donations by private entities and the local Myanmar community, these contributions attest to the strong mutual support between the 2 countries.

Mr Balakrishnan said in his Facebook post that Singapore will continue to support the people of Myanmar through these difficult times.

He reiterated our commitment to efforts by ASEAN and the international community to overcome Covid-19.

Mr Balakrishnan also voiced our country’s commitment to facilitating a return to normality and stability in Myanmar through their humanitarian crisis.

No country is fighting the virus alone

The pandemic has been a long-drawn battle and no country is in this fight alone.

Despite being a small country, Singapore is doing her best to aid countries like Myanmar in these times.

After all, only when countries band together can we defeat the virus and restore some semblance of normalcy to the world.

Have news you must share? Get in touch with us via email at

Featured image adapted from Vivian Balakrishnan on Facebook.

Sabrina Seng

Sabrina is always facing some form of existential crisis but other than that, she's pretty chill.

Recent Posts

Man Targets At Least 20 Girls In ‘Sextortion’ Scheme, Prosecution Seeks Up To 28 Years’ Jail

His victims were often Chinese nationals aged between 14 and 19 who were studying in…

28 Nov 2022, 6:37 pm

Early Release Of NTU Exam Paper Due To Human Error, School Reviewing Internal Protocol

An administrative staff member failed to password-protect the electronic paper.

28 Nov 2022, 6:18 pm

Pritam Singh Lifts Party Whip In 377A Parliament Debate So WP MPs Can Vote Freely

He hopes Singaporeans will approach the issue through compromise and accommodation.

28 Nov 2022, 6:15 pm

Passenger Complains About Paralympic Swimmer Bringing Guide Dog Into MRT, Owner Clarifies Misconceptions

Guide dogs undergo intensive training before being allowed into most public spaces.

28 Nov 2022, 5:08 pm

S’pore Tour Bus Heading To M’sia Collides With Truck, 16 S’poreans Injured & Hospitalised

The driver is believed to have lost control of the wheel.

28 Nov 2022, 4:34 pm