CIGA Healthcare’s air purification device could be installed in NI schools for half the price

Ballymena-based diagnostics firm CIGA Healthcare says its revolutionary, ceiling-mounted air purification device could be installed in 20,000 Northern Ireland classrooms for less than half the £100m currently being considered by Stormont ministers.

Wednesday, 12th January 2022, 4:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th January 2022, 4:12 pm

The PlasmaGuard range of devices which also features a covid detector and will eradicate 99.9% of pathogens, including viruses, bacteria and moulds has been designed for use in bars, restaurants, hospitals, schools and any interiors including offices and factories and is already in use in thousands of sites in America.

The air purification system not only cleans the air but also all surfaces in the rooms fitted with the device. It uses proven non-thermal cold plasma technology and can be incorporated into existing air conditioning systems.

CIGA Healthcare CEO Irwin Armstrong, who sits on the board of Ulster University’s Connected Healthcare Innovation Centre, said: “Opening windows in a room is not a viable option particularly during the cold winter months and only a high quality clean air device will expel contaminates including the covid virus.

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Irwin Armstrong, CEO of CIGA Healthcare, holding the Plasmaguard PRO clean air device

“The Plasmaguard device detects a change in your indoor air quality and the sensor notifies the smart hub to initiate the Plasmaguard to respond in real time. The system then operates to destroy the pollutants until the sensor verifies that your air is clean again. It is 99.994% effective against Covid-19.

“We are confident it is the best available solution for eradicating 99.9% of viruses, bacteria, mould, fungi, allergens, asthma triggers, odours and more, within any occupied environment. Today, many facilities use highly ineffective simple dust filters, UV lighting, or weak ionizers. They have shown little evidence in providing safety from harmful airborne pathogens distributed through air conditioning systems”.

“Schools and education leaders are concerned about the spread of Covid-19 in classrooms and we believe the tested and proven PlasmaGuard is the best solution.”

CIGA Healthcare was established in 2005 by Irwin Armstrong and has grown rapidly over the years. Based in Ballymena the firm now supplies a wide range of over-the-counter and professional tests to pharmacies and healthcare services under its own brand Suresign. In 2012, subsidiary CIGA Healthcare LLC was established as part of the company’s expansion into the American market.

Irwin Armstrong, CEO of CIGA Healthcare, holding the Plasmaguard PRO clean air device

CIGA Healthcare now exports to more than 60 countries across the globe.

The company employs 32 at its Ballymena site where it manufactures and packages a range of products including blood pressure monitoring devices, heart rate monitors, pregnancy tests and other diagnostic equipment.

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