Pakistan became the second Islamic country to make heart stents

Pakistan became the 18th country in the world to make cardiac stents locally and the second in the Muslim world.

The National University of Science and Technology (NUST) has won the honor of making heart stents for the first time locally, and it is hoped that heart stents will be available to heart patients in the country at affordable prices.

It should be noted that if the flow of blood flowing in the arteries of our body is not possible for some reason, then the doctors restore the flow of blood by inserting an artificial tube through the operation, this artificial tube is called stent.

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said that we are proud of Pakistani experts and scientists who set up a new medical technology industry in the country during the Corona epidemic.

According to Fawad Chaudhry, 40% of deaths in Pakistan are due to heart disease and stents play a vital role in the treatment of heart disease.

He added that stents of European standard are being developed by NUST.

Dr. Faisal Sultan, Special Assistant to PM Imran Khan for Health, while appreciating the efforts of NUST, said that now quality and low cost stents will be available to heart patients in Pakistan.

Dr. Faisal Sultan said that the stents made by NUST are of good standard and this initiative will play a very important role in the health sector in Pakistan.

Federal Minister for Development and Planning Asad Omar congratulated NUST and said that a large number of people who could not afford expensive stents would benefit, and this would also save foreign exchange.

Asad Omar said that the market of medical devices in the world is more than  400 billion dollars, now Pakistan is among the 18 countries in the world where stents are made and Pakistan is the second country in the Muslim world (after Turkey) where Now the stent is being prepared.

It may be recalled that the Drug Regulatory Authority had in March this year issued a license to NUST to make a cardiac stent while NUST had been working on it for the last two years.

It may be recalled that in 2017, former Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar had taken suo motu notice of substandard stents in the country, after which not only the prices of stents were controlled but also the issue of preparation of stents locally was taken up by the Chief Justice He also sought answers from experts.

Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit NUST University tomorrow and inaugurate the stent making project.

The Prime Minister will visit the state-of-the-art lab of NUST University as well as meet students and engineers. Making local heart stents which will save Rs 8 billion annually.

Pakistan will be the 18th country in the world to make stents, while Turkey was the only Muslim country to make stents so far and India also makes stents locally in South Asian countries.


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