COVID-19: SON directs plant owners, dealers on accurate oxygen dispensing

Coming on the heels of high value attached to oxygen gas in the fight against coronavirus, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has warned against under-dispensing of oxygen and other medical gases by plant owners in some parts of the country.

Farouk Salim the director general of the agency in a statement on Sunday described oxygen as a critical product in the treatment of respiratory ailments in emergency situations, particularly in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He emphasised that its use by certified medical personnel is strictly in recommended volumes and dosages for effectiveness in treatment.

According to the director general, the inadequacy in volume and dosage of oxygen and other medical gases has been reported to have consequences on the treatment of patients in the country resulting to loss of lives in some cases.

He therefore warned gas plants across the country to ensure accurate volume in the sale of oxygen and other medical gases to Customers as a matter of responsibility.

Salim admonished health institutions and Practitioners to carefully and regularly check the pressure of Oxygen and other medical gas cylinders for strict compliance with labelled specifications.

He disclosed that SON Offices across the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory have been directed to ensure close monitoring and strict compliance with standards of volume in the sale of oxygen and other medical gases to Customers by Gas Plants .

The SON Director General warned that any Gas Plant or Dealer found to be under-dispensing oxygen or other medical gases would be made to face the full weight of the law as enshrined in the SON Act No. 14 of 2015.

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