The Nigerian Optometric Association of Nigeria (NOA) has called on the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to help regulate devices used by eye care service providers.
The association’s president, Dr Damian Echendu, who made the call when he led its executive members on a courtesy visit to SON headquarters in Abuja, said this is to ensure that the public receives quality products and services from optometrists.
He said the World Health Organisation(WHO) strategic objective emphasizes the need to ensure improved access to quality, and use of medical products and technologies.
Echendu noted that Nigeria needed to be at the forefront of this effort, particularly in the regulation of optometric products.
Receiving the NOA delegation, the director general, SON, Dr Paul Angya, said the agency is seeking government’s policy thrust that would restore them back to the seaport as the previous administration of Goodluck Jonathan barred them from it.
He said it is only in Nigeria that Nigerians will go to Asia and deliberately request for substandard products, saying, “Our people deliberately step down our dignity, our respect, in and around the world.”
He added that the success of western government in regulation has to do with the commitment of the people unlike here in Nigeria where many people get away with everything, including murder.
Meanwhile, the president, Nigerian Optometric Association of Nigeria (NOA), Dr Damian Echendu, said lack of regulation in the sector poses grave danger to both eye care providers and eye care consumers alike.
“It is in this respect that we would like to express our interest in forming a cooperative partnership with SON, to provide the professional know-how needed in setting and maintaining industry-specific standards, and develop lines of communication with all concerned parties for functional efficiency, and work towards a sound future for products regulation in the eye care industry, and optometry in particular.”
By: winifred ogbebo
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