Speeches

Speeches

The present danger facing man as a result of blood transfusion as resulted in a rethinking and a change of attitude towards the practice of blood transfusion with a preference towards the se of autologous blood, which is the use of the patient’s own blood during surgery. It is a truism that the patient’s blood is the safest blood.

The need to adapt local available resources to produce devices that are relevant to our needs cannot therefore be very emphasised. The Federal Ministry of Health is doing all in its power to encourage local initiatives among medical personnel in the country having recognised the need to develop those aspects of our health care technology that are relevant to our climate of medical technology. This has greatly influenced the ministry’s support for the EATSET project. The level of local production of drugs has also increased as many pharmaceuticals have been discouraged from being mere importers of drugs, playing the role of medical representatives to their foreign partners and so are mere packaging and distributive factories.

There is therefore an urgent need to integrate medicine with engineering and the analytical sciences in order to provide some outfit within the medical industry that can bridge the gap between equipment users and manufacturers. Such an outfit will also keep records of hazards that are encountered in the use of medical devices throughout the country and also seek to adapt foreign technologies to suit our mental and environmental conditions as exemplified in the design and production of the EATSET- Emergency Autologous Blood Transfusion Device which is a low cost and appropriate technology relevant to our needs. I understand that the equipment can be produced without involving the establishment of complex industrial machinery.



Dr. I.C. Madubuike( Hon. Minister of Health)

The Federal Government has realized the health danger of blood transfusion to which the general public is exposed and directed the Federal Ministry of Health to commission several studies and committees towards the establishment of National Blood Transfusion Service and the provision of safe blood. One of such studies recommended to the United Nation Development Program was the pilot study on the Emergency Auto-Transfusion Device – The EAT-SET designed for developing countries to save the lives of those who suffer from attacks of internal bleeding.

The idea was received initially with a mixture of excitement and sceptism as is always the case with all innovations. Government is however aware that not all research prove positive and hence committed a risk fund from its UNDP support. Government is therefore grateful to the United Nations Development Program and the World Health Organization for their assistance and look forward to further collaborative effort in product development in Nigeria

Dr. I.C. Madubuike - (Hon. Minister of Health)
The present danger facing man as a result of blood transfusion as resulted in a rethinking and a change of attitude towards the practice of blood transfusion with a preference towards the se of autologous blood, which is the use of the patient’s own blood during surgery. It is a truism that the patient’s blood is the safest blood. The need to adapt local available resources to produce devices that are relevant to our needs cannot therefore be very emphasised. The Federal Ministry of Health is doing all in its power to encourage local initiatives among medical personnel in the country having recognised the need to develop those aspects of our health care technology that are relevant to our climate of medical technology. This has greatly influenced the ministry’s support for the EATSET project. The level of local production of drugs has also increased as many pharmaceuticals have been discouraged from being mere importers of drugs, playing the role of medical representatives to their foreign partners and so are mere packaging and distributive factories . There is therefore an urgent need to integrate medicine with engineering and the analytical sciences in order to provide some outfit within the medical industry that can bridge the gap between equipment users and manufacturers. Such an outfit will also keep records of hazards that are encountered in the use of medical devices throughout the country and also seek to adapt foreign technologies to suit our mental and environmental conditions as exemplified in the design and production of the EATSET- Emergency Autologous Blood Transfusion Device which is a low cost and appropriate technology relevant to our needs. I understand that the equipment can be produced without involving the establishment of complex industrial machinery. Dr. I.C. Madubuike Hon. Minister of Health

Dr. WILLIAMS ALDIS, (MD - WHO Representative for Nigeria) The subject of blood borne diseases and the safety of blood transfusion is a joint concern of both developed and developing countries. The blood safety unit of the World Health Organisation was established to assist the member states to ensure that all individuals have access to blood and blood products that are s safe as possible.

In order to fulfil this mission, seven specific objectives have been identified by the unit as will be discussed in the seminar, which also recognises appropriate use of blood and blood products as one of the means of minimising unnecessary blood transfusion and its attendant risks.

The development of the EAT-SET device is seen as one of the programmes of appropriate operational research designed to improve blood safety. Dr. W. ALDIS, MD WHO Representative for Nigeria

Dr. Babashola Chinsman, Resident Representative, United Nations Development Program The equipment will enable doctors to intervene promptly in situations demanding urgent blood transfusion to patient from internal bleeding.

This method of blood transfusion, we perceive will help to eliminate fear of acquiring AIDS and other blood borne infection since a patient would receive his/her own blood. In addition, the device will reduce maternal death resulting in from blood less in ectopic pregnancy. We are pleased to be assisting as the funding agency of this project, which is being executed by the World Health Organization (WHO).

At this juncture, it is however appropriate to mention that Nigeria’s scale and diversity requires UNDP’s intervention to be strategic in their targeting and suitably diverse so that the greatest capacity building effect can be hard in achieving a long run impact.
UNDP recognizes that this catalytic effect will be greatest if program and project designs are highly specific with respect to identifying and serving its target group taking into account the Global concern of UNDP which include poverty alleviation and participatory approaches to sustainable human development; environment and natural resources management; women in development; technical co-operation among developing countries; management of the developing process; transfer and adaptation of technology.
It is in this context therefore that the 4th UNDP Country program for Nigeria (1992-96) has been prepared in ten sectors and is being implemented in nine of them. It is a five year framework that reflects the views of the Federal Government of Nigeria regarding how best to utilize UNDP assistance for the achievement of the priority national development objectives.
UNDP is proud of the achievement of EAT-SET which is an appropriate technology which is very remarkable particularly during this period of the 50th anniversary of the United Nations

Dr. Babashola Chinsman

Resident Representative

United Nations Development Program