SLBS observes World Metrology Day with a focus on the quality and accuracy of blood pressure meters
Saint Lucia will join the rest of the world in the observance of World Metrology Day on Thursday May 20th 2021. Saint Lucia will commemorate the occasion with a webinar on the quality and accuracy of blood pressure meters.
The theme for World Metrology Day 2021 is “Measurement for Health.” This year’s theme focuses on the important role measurement plays in health, and the wellbeing of everyone. A prevalence of hypertension or high blood pressure, a common non-communicable disease, NCD, in Saint Lucia, makes accurate blood pressure measurement by blood pressure meters critical to the treatment and management of the disease.
The webinar entitled “Validation and Verification of the Accuracy of Blood Pressure Monitors” is targeted at medical professionals, representatives from the Ministries of Health and Commerce, the Attorney General’s Chambers, officials involved in PAHO’s HEARTS in the Americas Initiative, representatives from the St. Lucia Diabetes and Hypertension Association and importers of blood pressure meters.
The virtual meeting will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss the improvement of the regulatory framework for the importation and use of blood pressure meters on the island by reference to a recently published Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) paper and the updated OIML Recommendations for verification of blood pressure meters. The OIML is the International Organization of Legal Metrology and legal metrology is the application of legal requirements to measurements and measuring instruments.
For further information please contact Mrs. Vernet Fontenelle at 4530049/4560546 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.