The Healthcare system can be taken as one of the most intricate departments of any country and in Pakistan, this sector is on the verge of making progress for the past few years. As of recently, Pakistan has achieved another milestone with Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurating the N-Ovative Health Technology Facility at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST).
In this recent development, Pakistan becomes the 18th country in the world and 2nd Muslim country, after Turkey, having the technology to produce heart stents locally. The PM Office has issued a statement in this regard that the facility will be the first to locally manufacture cardiac stents.
Along with cardiac stents, the facility will also produce angioplasty balloon catheters. This is one of the many steps taken towards the betterment of the healthcare system in the country and to provide affordable treatment to millions of Pakistanis. This will also help to boost the country’s exports.
PM Imran Khan said that heart disease is one of the most common diseases in Pakistan and in the world that is responsible for taking the lives of many people and it is also an expensive treatment. The local production of stents will save the country from many misfortunes.
According to the statement issued by Shahbaz Gill, a special assistant to Prime Minister on Political Communication, Pakistan spends around 8 billion rupees (over $49 million) annually on importing cardiac stents from foreign countries. So, this facility will also help to cut down the import costs and help Islamabad to follow the development models made by Turkey and China that are mainly based on enhancing exports. “It will save Rs. 8 billion annually in foreign exchange. Congratulations to the nation and scientists”, said Gill.
Earlier, Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhary has viewed this as “another big step” in medical technology with the inauguration of the facility. He also said that the stents will be produced according to the European standards and will help to place Pakistan among the group of those selected countries that can produce stents.