By Yi Whan-woo
LX International, the trade arm of LX Group which spun off from LG in the spring, reaffirmed its commitment to helping Indonesia fight the coronavirus.
On Thursday, the company announced that it plans to donate 60 respirators to the Indonesian government and to Korean nationals living there.
For Korean nationals aged 65 or older, the firm is offering COVID-19 screening tests for free at K-Labs, test centers that have been operated exclusively by the firm and its predecessor LG International since the start of the pandemic in 2020.
The commitment illustrates LX International’s appreciation toward the government and people of Indonesia for their support of the company’s work there for years, according to Lee Chang-hyun, who is in charge of LX International’s Indonesia office.
LX International’s businesses in the Southeast Asian country range from renewable energy to healthcare, food, minerals and digital content.
“Indonesia is a strategic location where our major businesses are concentrated,” Lee said in a press release, Thursday. “We hope our small offer of support is helpful for the government and people of Indonesia, as well as Korean nationals there, as they unify their efforts against the continued spread of the coronavirus.”
The world’s fourth-most-populous country has recently become the new epicenter of the pandemic in Asia, with more infection cases a day than even hard-hit India.
For instance, Indonesia reported 54,517 cases, Wednesday, a single-day national record, while India had 38,792.
Against this backdrop, 50 of the 60 respirators will be donated to Indonesian hospitals and the remaining 10 to Korean households in Indonesia.
The donations will be made next week and consultation is underway between LX International and the Indonesian health ministry to ensure their quick and safe delivery.
The company already donated test kits and other medical equipment twice: in March 2020 and April of this year.
“Respirators are a must-have item at emergency medical centers for the treatment of COVID-19. The Indonesian health ministry has been making efforts to ensure sufficiency in the number of respirators,” LX International said.
The company has been running K-Labs at an airport and in populated districts in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta as well as in Bandung, one of the country’s other major cities.
The labs are designed and managed strictly observing Indonesia’s heath regulations.
They are officially designated by the Korean Embassy in Indonesia to provide COVID-19 screening of travelers planning to come to Korea.