PM Khan would be inaugurating the first-ever local cardiac stent manufacturing unit in the nation today at NUST University.
As per reports, with this achievement, Pakistan has become the 18th country globally to produce stent.
Besides leading the globe, Pakistan has also become the second Muslim country after Turkey which would be manufacturing the cardiac stents locally while in South Asia, only India is producing it locally.
PM Khan will visit the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) tomorrow, where he would inaugurate the unit locally producing cardiac stents. Imran Khan would monitor the process of stent production besides also addressing the students of the NUST.
The local production would help the country in saving Rs8 billion on an annual basis.
In March 2020, the Drugs Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) gave permission to the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) to produce heart stents locally.
The DRAP issued a license to the NUST to produce heart stents domestically.
Showing his pleasure over the development at that time, Special Assistant to PM on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza said the making of heart stents domestically, will help in reducing its prices that will ultimately help the patients.
It is important to mention here that cardiac stents are small expandable tubes that are used to treat narrowed arteries.
In people with coronary heart disease caused by the build-up of plaque, stents can open narrowed arteries and decrease the symptoms such as chest pain, and assist to prevent cardiac arrest.