Pakistan Launches First Locally Produced Ventilators

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PM Imran Khan visits NRTC in Haripur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on Monday. (Twitter: @fawadchaudhry)

Pakistan, on Monday, launched locally manufactured ventilators amid the country’s battle against the raging COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday inaugurated the production unit and handed over the first batch of ‘SafeVent SP100′ portable ventilators to the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) at a ceremony in Haripur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

 

Ventilators will be produced at the National Radio and Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC) in Haripur, and the facility in the city has a production capacity of up to 250-300 ventilators a month.

“It is a landmark achievement for Pakistan, and I congratulate the entire team,” Prime Minister Imran Khan said in his remarks during the visit. “We have abundant talent in our country to take us to self-reliance in new technological innovation, and our government will strongly support any initiative to harness the potential of our youth”.

Pakistan has long been criticized for importing crucial medical supplies, including ventilators, despite having developed sophisticated nuclear weapons.

The NRTC has already produced 15 units of the ventilator, and three new designs of the lifesaving machines are in the ending phases of development as well.

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