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NDMA to get locally-produced ventilators this week: Fawad

–Minister says India’s irresponsible attitude posing serious threat to regional peace

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Sunday said that the first consignment of the ventilators made in Pakistan will be handed over to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) this week.

“The first tranche of ‘Made in Pakistan’ ventilators will be handed over to the NDMA this week,” tweeted the minister and congratulated the NRTC on the achievement.

He said that three more designs are in the last phase of development. He said that after the manufacture of these new ventilators, Pakistan will be among those countries which manufacture complex medical equipment.

Fawad said that all these machines will be according to the European Union’s (EU) standards.

Earlier this month, the Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Health signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding the indigenous development of electro medical devices.

The framework under this mechanism would spark off innovation and local engineering solutions in this field and will improve healthcare facilities. The initiative is expected to open a way forward for the innovators to invest multiple electro-medical equipment in Pakistan.

Electro-medical devices are being regulated by the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) and 15 ventilators were in various phases of trials at the time. Machine trials of four ventilators by the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) were expected to be completed as well.

Separately, the minister for science and technology said that India’s irresponsible attitude towards regional matters is posing serious threat to regional peace and stability.

In an interview, he that said Pakistan is exercising effective diplomacy to promote peace in the region and resolve all outstanding disputes with India through dialogue. He added that Pakistan has always stood shoulder to shoulder with Kashmiri brethren in their struggle for their legitimate right of self-determination.

The minister further said that India must be aware of the fact that Pakistan is capable enough to give befitting response to every aggression.

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