Pakistan on Friday became the “second Muslim country” in the world to manufacture heart stents indigenously. Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated the N-Ovative Health Technology Facility at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) today.
Moreover, the facility would be Pakistan’s first and second among Muslim countries to manufacture heart stents. The facility ‘N-Ovative Health Technologies’ at NUST has started mass production of cardiac stents and angioplasty balloon catheters.
PM opens Pakistan’s first local cardiac stent
PM said the step was significant in the provision of medical treatment with a major price difference.
He was satisfaction over NUST setting a precedent of an academic-industry linkup.
“We, as a nation, need to set ahead goals with all institutions and government departments working in unison,” he said during the event.
PM stressed that increasing exports and wealth creation were vital targets to avoid approaching the International Monetary Fund. He referred to the examples of China and Turkey that focused on exports for economic stability.
Besides, PM Imran Khan said the government was supporting local and foreign investments to stimulate business growth in Pakistan.
He termed overseas Pakistanis the country’s “biggest asset”. PM emphasized on creating an enabling environment to benefit from their skills.
He said the government’s top priority would be creating a knowledge economy. Such an economy would tap the full potential of world’s second youngest population.
Meanwhile, Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said Pakistan achieved another success in the field of medical equipment today.
Moreover, he also expressed hope that other industrial groups would also follow the same trail.
What is a cardiac stent?
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 biocompatibility.
The N-Ovative Health Technologies at NUST will produce medical devices and implants.
Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood and Planning Minister Asad Umer, Rector NUST also attended the event.
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