HARIPUR: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday visited the National Radio and Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC) to inaugurate a production facility that manufactures Pakistan’s first-ever indigenously-developed ventilators. PM Imran was accompanied by Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry, Energy Minister Omar Ayub, Focal Person on Coronavirus Dr Faisal Sultan, National Disaster Management Authority Chairperson Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal, and other senior officers. On the occasion, the premier “commended the initiative taken by NRTC and the Ministry of Science & Technology for the first ever indigenously produced ventilator”, according to an update from the Prime Minister’s Office on Twitter.
Terming it “a landmark achievement” for Pakistan, he congratulated the entire team. PM Imran emphasized that Pakistan has abundant talent to take the country to self-reliance in new technological innovation and the PTI-led government would strongly support any initiative to harness the youth’s potential. “Our approach in response to [the coronavirus] pandemic and adopting smart lockdown while keeping the economy afloat has been widely acknowledged,” he noted. “Our focus will now remain on comprehensive health reforms,” he added. On the other hand, NRTC Managing Director Brig Tofique Ahmed gave a detailed briefing to PM Imran about the corporation’s history, sectors of research and development, and products and services.
“The NRTC is indigenously providing services including communication equipment, e-policing, electro-medical equipment, [and] hardware and software,” Ahmed said. According to a previous post from the PM Office, the NRTC has “started local manufacturing of portable ventilators named ‘SafeVent SP100’”. “SafeVent SP 100 is FDA/CE approved economical and reliable ventilator. NRTC has already produced 15 units of SafeVent SP 100 and has a production capacity to manufacture 250 – 300 units per month,” the PM Office added.
The current production capacity would provide the much-needed comfort to Pakistan as it deals with an uptick in the coronavirus cases. He appreciated the initiative taken by NRTC and the Ministry of Science and Technology for the first ever indigenously produced ventilator. He said it is a landmark achievement for Pakistan and congratulated the entire team. “Our approach in response to coronavirus pandemic and adopting smart lockdown while keeping the economy afloat has been widely acknowledged,” the PM maintained.
“Our focus will now remain on improving health sectors,” he said. Recently, Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry announced that the first batch of ten ventilators have been developed by NRTC. He said these ventilators will be handed over to the National Disaster Management Authority. NRTC is indigenously providing services including communication equipment, E-policing, Electro-Medical equipment, hardware and software. World Health Organisation Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom lauded Pakistani government’s response against the coronavirus pandemic and ‘recognised the positive trend of virus curtailment’ in the country, Federal Minister Asad Umar said on Monday.
The minister on Twitter said that Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke to the WHO DG today, where he urged the WHO to formulate travel rules without any discrimination for all the countries in the light of the coronavirus pandemic “PM asked WHO to develop travel guidelines to be adopted by all countries to ensure that low income countries are not discriminated against in global travel.” An official statement said that the prime minister apprised the WHO DG of the measures undertaken by Pakistan to stem the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
In relation to the premier’s concern regarding travel restrictions, the global health watchdog assured the country’s top representative that it is creating standard operating procedures to remove travel restrictions in future. In the conversation, the two sides also discussed contemporary situation due to the global pandemic.
The prime minister told the WHO top official that the country has amplified healthcare facilities in wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Tedros also lauded Pakistani government’s official response and measures to the disease that has infected millions across the globe. Pakistan as of today recorded 233,500 cases of the coronavirus and 4,800 deaths.