ISLAMABAD, Oct 16 (APP): As a ground-breaking initiative in Pakistan’s medical device industry, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday inaugurated the first facility in the country that will locally manufacture cardiac stents.
The facility – ‘N-ovative Health Technologies‘ at National University of Science and Technology (NUST) has started mass production of cardiac stents and angioplasty balloon catheters for general public at affordable prices.
The Prime Minister said with a large number of heart patients in the country, the step was significant in provision of medical treatment with an exponential price difference besides facilitating the financially weaker sections of society.
He expressed satisfaction over NUST setting a precedent of an academia-industry linkup, which he said, was extremely important in exploring the benefits of knowledge and innovation in true spirit.
He said excelling in field of science and technology could be no difficult for a country which developed its nuclear capabilities, however the “fracture mindset” was the main reason behind such lagging.
“We, as nation, need to set ahead clear goals with all institutions and government departments working in unison for their achievement,” he said.
Imran Khan stressed that increasing exports and wealth creation were the vital targets in order to avoid approaching the International Monetary Fund and also referred to the examples of China and Turkey that focused on exports for economic stability.
He said the government was encouraging local and foreign investments to stimulate a business boom in the country.
He termed overseas Pakistanis the country’s “biggest asset” and emphasized on creating an enabling environment to benefit from their investment and expertise.
Imran Khan said the government’s top priority would be creating a knowledge economy to tap the full potential of world’s second youngest population.
Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said Pakistan had achieved yet another success in the field of medical equipment in production of best quality, safe and cost-effective cardiovascular devices.
میڈیکل ٹیکنالوجی میں پاکستان کا ایک اور بڑا قدم،آج وزیر اعظم NUST سائنس پارک میں Heart Stunts مینو فیکچرنگ کا افتتاح کر رہے ہیں،یہSTUNTs یورپین اسٹنڈرڈز کے مطابق ہیں اس سہولت کے نتیجے میں پاکستان دنیا کے چند ممالک میں شامل ہو گیا ہے جو Stunts بنانے کی میڈیکل ٹیکنالوجی کے حامل ہیں
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) October 16, 2020
Terming it a trend-setting initiative in a country like Pakistan, he expressed hope that other industrial groups would also follow the same trail and contribute to help revolutionize the medical device industry.
A cardiac stent is used to treat narrowed or blocked coronary arteries. It can also be used to improve blood flow immediately following a heart attack.
Pakistan’s first coronary stent system has features including low recoil, superior cobalt chromium alloy, optimum crossing profile and crush resistance, and excellent bio-compatibility.
The N-ovative Health Technologies at NUST will produce medical devices and implants including Bare-metal Stents (BMS), Drug-eluting Stents (DES) and Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty Balloon Catheters (PTCA balloon catheters).
The event was attended by Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood, Planning Minister Asad Umer, Rector NUST, academicians and higher officials.