The Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Mr Osita Aboloma, says there is an increase in demand globally for the production of quality, safe and dependable medical equipment and systems, in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.
He said this while declaring opening a virtual meeting where 16 international standards on essential electro-medical equipment were adopted by the Nigerian National Mirror/Technical Committee on Electromedical equipment.
This was part of the continuous measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, he said.
He said, “There are increasing demands globally for the production and consumption of quality, safe and dependable medical equipment and systems in their varied brands.
“This is in response to the emergency demands foisted on medical systems globally which has consequently challenged national standards development bodies to ensure the availability of standards in order to continuously save lives.”
Aboloma said the 16 International Electrotechnical Commission/International Organisation for Standardisation standards had become global requirements in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aboloma who was represented by the Director, Standards Development, SON, Mrs Chinyere Egwuonwu, reiterated the sensitivity of the medical sector for reasons of safety, precision of equipment, functionalities and value for money in the face of the global health and economic challenge.
He stated this challenge had been heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic and expressed deep appreciation for the Committee members’ contributions and sacrifices.
Aboloma assured the committee of SON’s commitment to continuously guarantee availability of standards, creation of awareness and promotion of strict implementation and compliance in collaboration with relevant stakeholders and regulatory authorities.
He stated that the development and subsequent implementation and enforcement of the 16 standards when approved by the Standards Council would among others, encourage and support local production of medical devices, equipment and systems.
He added it would also support research and developments in the electromedical equipment and systems in Nigeria; create fair playing ground for all related medical equipment produced locally and imported into the Nigerian markets among others.
Commenting on the sixteen IEC/ISO standards, Chairman of the National Mirror/Technical Committee, Dr Ayodele Esan, pledged the members’ commitment to ensuring the best for the nation in the consideration of the standards.