Pakistan’s medical infrastructure needs to be improved: PM Imran

Covid-19 crisis has provided an opportunity for Pakistan to produce locally manufactured ventilators, PPE


​ Our Correspondent April 30, 2020
Prime Minister Imran Khan. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said government-run hospitals will not improve unless the "elite class, including ministers' do not go there for treatment".

While addressing a ceremony in Islamabad, the premier said that self-belief is the solution for development, progress, and self-reliance.

“We have to go towards a knowledge economy, education, science and technology to get a dignified place among the comity of nations,” the premier said, adding that the Covid-19 crisis has provided an opportunity for Pakistan to produce locally manufactured ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPEs) as everything cannot be imported.

He also talked about having a comprehensive vision to improve the living standard of common people and to bring people them out of poverty and emphasised that Pakistan’s medical infrastructure needs to be improved.

During his visit to COMSTECH, the premier inspected various medical equipment produced by public and private sector organisations.

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Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry appraised the PM on cost-effective production of PPE to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research is manufacturing hand sanitizers and disinfectants in large number and we can export these goods, even after meeting our local requirements,” the science minister added.

Seven types of ventilators designed by Pakistan Engineering Council are in a clinical trial, while National University of Science and Technology has developed its own testing kit, Chaudhry said.

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