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PM Imran inaugurates facility for local production of cardiac stents


ISLAMABAD:

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday inaugurated a facility which would manufacture cardiac stents locally. The N-Ovative Health Technology Facility has been setup at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Islamabad

The initiative will bring down the cost of treatment for various cardiac ailments and make the country self-sufficient in the production of stents. 

Pakistan will now become one of the 18 countries in the world and the second Muslim nation – after Turkey – producing cardiac stents locally. 

During the ceremony, the prime minister lauded the efforts of the NUST team for leading the country not only in engineering sciences but also in innovations in the field of medical health sciences.

Appreciating the initiative of manufacturing of cardiac stents in Pakistan, he said the step will significantly reduce expenditures on treatment of heart diseases besides saving foreign exchange.

Giving assurance of full support to higher education, the premier said the government will promote a knowledge-based economy and added that the government is focused on promoting local manufacturing and industrialisation to enhance exports.

Highlighting its importance, the prime minister said real development of the country is not possible without enhancing exports, and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government has set the right direction to focus on exports instead of imports.

In addition, PM Imran said such inititaives are also helping to create an enabling environment for overseas Pakistanis – who are the biggest asset of the country – to invest in the country. He also said that all government departments have been directed to facilitate such initiatives,

Imran said when PTI came to power, Pakistan was facing a $40 billion trade gap, explaining that the current account deficit ultimately leads to high inflation mainly due to depreciation of the local currency.

“The most important thing for someone is to have a vision for the future. The bigger one’s vision is, the more struggles one has to go through. The cycle of life is never linear; there are always ups and downs. You have to make very hard decisions in life and those decisions determine whether you get success or not.”

Speaking directly to the students in attendance, the prime minister also said that true happiness comes when one realises their potential rather than materialistic means.

Addressing the ceremony earlier, Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said Pakistan is heading from an import-based economy to a manufacturing-based economy under the dynamic leadership of PM Imran Khan.

The minister said linkage among defence, academia and industry is of vital importance to achieving the goal of the country’s development.

He added that the N-Ovative Health Technology facility is an important milestone in the field of health.

“Another big step by Pakistan in medical technology,” Chaudhry said in his twitter handle earlier today.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the manufacturing of heart stents in NUST Science Park. These stents are up to European standards. As a result of this facility, Pakistan has become one of the few countries in the world to have the medical technology to make stents,” the minister added.

 



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