SON CONDUCTS INSPECTION OF UNIBEN VENTILATOR, HAND SANITIZER IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

L-R Engr. Lawal receiving samples of the Alcohol based Hand Sanitizers from UNIBEN Vice Chancellor Prof. Lilian Salami
Inspection of the Ventilator by the SON team

In support of efforts towards sustainable local production of essential materials to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has undertaken a quality assurance inspection of ventilator and alcohol based hand saniters being produced by the University of Benin (UNIBEN).

The inspection was carried out by the Edo  State office of SON led by Acting Coordinator,  Engr. Lawal Ismaila.

Welcoming the SON team, UNIBEN Vice Chancellor, Professor Lilian Salami expressed delight at the visit.

According to her, the invented ventilator and alhocol based hand sanitizer are part of the University’s contribution to tackling the corona virus pandemic in Nigeria.

The ventilator she said, is for use in Hospitals for COVID-19 Patients, while the alcohol based Hand Sanitizer is for preventive measures against the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
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Prof. Salami stated that the University Community was looking forward to SON certification of the two products under the  Mandatory Conformity Assessment Program for made-in-Nigeria products after due process.

Leader of the UNIBEN COVID-19 initiative Team, Prof. Kesington Obahiagbon highlighted the ventilator’s unique features as being able to operate on public electricity supply as well as batteries.

He stated further that the ventilator was designed for use also in Ambulances through connection to the lighter port in a vehicle.

Responding, Engr. Lawal enjoined the UNIBEN team to strive towards meeting the requirements of international standards for Ventilator for Medical Use, namely  ISO 10651 and IEC 60601 as well as ARS 1470: 2019 for the Alcohol based Hand Sanitizers.

He assured the UNIBEN Management of SON’s capacity for added value to the products in the course of regular inspection towards certification under the MANCAP scheme while also handing copies of the relevant Standards to the University at no cost.

The SON inspection team also comprised Engr. Moses Eruotor, Mrs. Dapo Onafuye, Mrs. Uche Emeana and Mrs. Joy Eghenlen.

A group photograph of the SON Inspection Team with the UNIBEN Management after the inspection.


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