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Pakistan becomes 2nd Producer of heart stents in Muslim world


Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

16th Oct, 2020. 12:39 pm
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Heart stents

As Prime Minister Imran Khan inaugurated N-Ovative Health Technology Facility in Islamabad, Pakistan has now become the second Muslim country in the world, to produce heart stents.

According to the details, Prime Minister Imran Khan has inaugurated N-Ovative Health Technology Facility in Islamabad on Friday. This is the first facility in Pakistan that will produce Cardiac Stents.

The Prime Minister Office said that the facility will be the first to locally manufacture cardiac stents, adding that it will also make Pakistan the 18th country in the world to do so.

Earlier today, the Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry had said Pakistan will be taking “another big step” in medical technology with the inauguration of the facility.

“Today, the prime minister is inaugurating [a] heart stents manufacturing [facility] at NUST Science Park,” tweeted the minister. He added that the stents will be produced according to European standards, and would put Pakistan among a group of select countries that can produce stents.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister Dr. Shahbaz Gill said that Pakistan would become the ‘second Muslim country’ in the world and South Asia after Turkey and India, respectively, to produce stents.

In March 2020, the Drugs Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) allowed 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.

What are the Cardiac Stents?

The Cardiac stents are small expandable tubes that are used to treat narrowed arteries. For people with coronary heart disease caused by the build-up of plaque, these stents can open narrowed arteries and reduce symptoms such as chest pain, and help to prevent cardiac arrest.

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