Abundant talent could help gain self-reliance in technological innovation,says PM

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HARIPUR, July 06 : Prime Minister Imran Khan has inaugurated the facility of country’s first-ever indigenously made ventilators at National Radio and Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC) in Haripur.

The Prime Minister opened the project of local manufacturing of portable ventilators named ‘SafeVent SP100’, having the FDA/CE approval as economical and reliable ventilator in terms of usage and safety.

Terming the occasion as ‘landmark achievement’, he said abundant talent in the country could help gain self-reliance in technological innovation and vowed the government’s strong support to such initiatives.

The Prime Minister commended the initiative of NRTC team and the Ministry of Science and Technology for successfully producing locally-made ventilators.
He said Pakistan’s response to coronavirus pandemic and adopting strategy of smart lockdown while keeping economy afloat was widely acknowledged.
He mentioned that the government would focus on introducing and implementing comprehensive health reforms.

The Prime Minister visited various sections of NRTC and the production facility of ventilators.

Managing Director NRTC Brig. Tofique Ahmed gave a detailed briefing to the Prime Minister about the history, sectors of research and development, products and services of NRTC.

He said NRTC was indigenously providing services in diverse areas including communication equipment, e-policing, electro-medical equipment, and hardware and software.

The inaugural ceremony at NRTC was attended by Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry, Minister for Energy Omar Ayub, PM’s focal person for COVID-19 Dr Faisal Sultan and Chairman National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Lt. General Muhammad Afzal.

The NRTC has already produced 15 units of SafeVent SP100 and has a production capacity to manufacture 250-300 units per month.

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