The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has awarded the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE), Effurun, in Delta State a grant of N40.4 million to manufacture an innovative medical device known as MEDLINK.
Among the FUPRE team that won this award at the University are; Dr. O’tega Ejofodomi, Dr. Godswill Ofualagba, Dr. Donatus Uchechukwu Onyishi, and Dr. Adenike Lawal.
The Vice Chancellor of FUPRE, Prof. Akpofure Rim-Rukeh described the MEDLINK as a programmable verbally interactive remote device that physicians can use to monitor patients outside the hospital settings.
Rim-Rukeh, while emphasising the importance of the device, said it can measure blood pressure, blood glucose, pulse, heart rate, blood oxygen saturation, electrocardiography, electromyography, body temperature, and respiratory data.
He said the device transmits all measurements to the physician’s mobile phones and e-mails, pointing out that the
MEDLINK will be fabricated at FUPRE and National Clinical Trials will be conducted by the University to assess the safety and the effectiveness of the device.
Speaking further, the Vice Chancellor said: “The device is also capable of being used to provide basic health care access to Nigerians in rural areas and urban areas, and this will also be verified during the Clinical Trials.
“After successfully conducting the Clinical Trials for MEDLINK, FUPRE, in partnership with CBN, will market and commercialize MEDLINK so as to integrate the device into the primary health care sector of Nigeria’s Medical Industry.”