Milestone achieved: Pakistan to manufacture cardiac stents locally

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has inaugurated the cardiac stent manufacturing unit at the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST).

With this step, Pakistan becomes the second country among Muslim states and 18th global state for being capable of manufacturing cardiac stents locally.

PM Imran Khan paid a visit to the NUST Islamabad where he inaugurated the cardiac stent manufacturing unit, N-Ovative Health Technology Facility.

While addressing the ceremony, Prime Minister said that the mortality rate of cardiac diseases is very high in Pakistan and it is a praiseworthy decision to locally manufacture stents.

The premier highlighted that there was a lack of direction and role of the past governments in different fields which are very important to put a country on a path of development. The trade deficit is a big burden on the national economy and no country could survive the crisis and reduce inflation until improving its income.

Imran Khan stated that there was also a lack of coordination among institutions as compared to the 60’s era when the country was moving ahead in a good direction and its exports were gradually increasing. It is important to set the direction and mindset of the country, he urged.

A few countries around the world are manufacturing cardiac stents and its local production will visibly reduce the medical treatment cost of patients in Pakistan, said Khan.

PM Imran said that the federal government is making maximum efforts to bring investment and businesses to Pakistan for improving the economy. Regarding overseas nationals, he said that the Pakistanis residing in foreign countries could serve the country by their skills.

Among South Asian countries, cardiac stents will be manufactured in Pakistan after India.

Earlier in March 2020, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) had allowed the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) to produce heart stents locally. The DRAP had issued a license to the NUST to produce heart stents domestically. (With input from INP)

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