World Metrology Day: SON promoting manufacture of medical equipment with accuracy
By Charles Okonji
As Nigeria has joined the rest of the world in the celebration of the 2021 World Metrology Day Nigeria with the theme “Measurement for Health,” the Director General of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mallam Farouk Salim has stated that local manufacturers of medical equipment and machinery stand to gain a lot in accuracy of measurements from the calibration services being offered by the SON promoted National Metrology Institute (NMI) located in Enugu with outreaches across the country.
Salim who stated this in a statement made available to the press, noted that the theme of the 2021 celebrations as released by the Bureau International des Poids et Measures (BIPM) and the International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) is in tandem with the realities of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
He pointed out that the need to ensure all measuring instruments in the health care delivery sector give accurate values, necessitated recent investments by SON in re-equipping the National Metrology Institute (NMI) for greater efficiency in calibration of measuring equipment nationwide.
According to him, this theme was chosen to create awareness of the important role measurement plays in health, and thus in the wellbeing of every one of us.
The SON Chief Executive reiterated that national metrology institutes, including from Nigeria participate in measurement comparisons coordinated by the BIPM to ensure the reliability of measurement results worldwide.
He said, “The International Organization of Legal Metrology (OIML) develops international recommendations, which aims to align and harmonise requirements worldwide in many fields. The OIML also operates the OIML Certification System (OIML-CS) which facilitates international acceptance and global trade of regulated measuring instruments.
“These international metrology systems provide the necessary assurance and confidence that measurements are accurate, providing a sound basis for global trade today and helping us to prepare for the challenges of tomorrow, according to Salim.
“The offshore conformity assessment programme for SON regulated imports (SONCAP) provides a window of import permit for raw materials, equipment and machinery and urged stakeholders in the health care delivery sector to take optimum advantage of it to improve the quality of products and services being offered to Nigerians.”
The DG urged the public and private sector organisations in the country to take optimum advantage of the capacities being built at the NMI to ensure accuracy of all measuring instruments particularly in the health care delivery sector.
He stressed that services of the NMI, Enugu in ensuring accuracy of measurements in industry, trade and commerce is being expanded to all parts of Nigeria.
He said it will start with Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt, adding that it will bring its services nearer to stakeholders across the country as it will lead to reduction in turnaround time.
Salim emphasized that the Management of SON has provided substantial discounts for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) to enjoy the services of the NMI in support of the Federal Government’s economic diversification programme.
“NMI has over the years, developed capacity in primary standards of measurement in volume, flow, pressure, length, dimension, mass, force, temperature, electrical and metrology in chemistry amongst others for traceability of all secondary standards of measurement in Nigeria and the West African Region,” he stressed.