Industry leading manufacturer of high-efficiency medical lighting, Daray Ltd, has supplied over 1,300 lights to medical facilities in Nigeria.
The Derbyshire manufacturer provided lights from its X200 and X350 LED medical examination range to four separate projects within the country. LED lights consume significantly less power, produce less carbon emissions and are much more robust than halogen, meaning they can cope with the conditions in these remote areas.
Phillip Wright, managing director of Daray Ltd, commented: “It is pleasing to see the Government using the UK overseas aid budget to not only provide vital medical health and support to those who are in need of it in the developing world, but to do so through the use of British manufacturers.”
Daray supplied 360 X200 LED mobile general examination lights, which incorporate a coating of BioProtect® antimicrobial solution to significantly minimise the risk of cross-infection, to phase one of Nigeria’s Partnership for Transforming Health. Whilst the projects have access to mains power, they experience regular interruptions to the electricity supply resulting in a disruption to the medical procedure. To overcome this Daray used its PowerSentinel® surge protector.
A total of 528 lights from Daray’s X350 range, which also utilises BioProtect® antimicrobial coating as well as a flexible gooseneck – designed specifically for gynaecological procedures – were supplied for the second phase of the Partnership for Transforming Health.
In order to meet the demand for mobile and field examination, Daray developed and designed battery packs which could be fitted to 72 of its X350 LED examination lights, vastly improving medical access to those who cannot reach a centre.
Given Nigeria’s high infant mortality rate, 390 X200 lights, complete with PowerSentinel® were provided to mother, new-born and child health centres across the country in order to offer improved lighting and infection control as Nigeria is one of the most high-risk countries in the world in which to give birth.
The project was funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and managed by international development specialists, Crown Agents.
A further 10 X350 lights were supplied to scale-up family planning centres to complete the shipment.
Phillip continues: “We often take for granted the standard of care and hygiene on offer within the UK, which is often superior to that available in the developing world. High-quality medical lighting at an affordable price is a must for any effective medical examination and it is especially pertinent with regard to antenatal and post-natal treatment in Nigeria given the country’s high infant mortality rate.
“Both Daray’s X200 and X350 medical examination lights offer excellent lux levels as well as reducing the risk of cross-infection through the BioProtect® antimicrobial coating.”
The quality of the design and manufacture of Daray’s X200 and X350 lighting range is strictly regulated by ISO 13485 and are manufactured at the company’s factory in Swadlincote, Derbyshire.