- Minister says local manufacturing of all equipment would greatly reduce medical device imports worth Rs1.4 billion
(Karachi) Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has said a medical equipment manufacturing zone has been set up in Faisalabad.
In a tweet on Sunday, Fawad Chaudhry said local manufacturing of all equipment would greatly reduce medical device imports worth Rs1.4 billion. He added that 200 acres of medical equipment manufacturing zone has been set up in Faisalabad’s Industrial area.
فیصل آباد انڈسٹریل زون میں دو سو ایکڑ پر میڈیکل آلات بنانےکا زون قائم کیا ہے اس سے 1.4 ارب ڈالر کی میڈیکل آلات کی امپورٹس جو ہم کرتے ہیں بہت کم ہو جائیں گی، سرنج، سوئیاں، Canolas, Xray Machines, Heart stunts , Dialysis machines ہم پاکستان میں بنائیں گے, اگلا زون سیالکوٹ ہو گا— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) September 27, 2020
He said, "We will now produce Injections, Canolas, Xray Machines, Heart stents, Dialysis machines in Pakistan."
Earlier, the minister said that 1,100 ventilators are being produced monthly in the country and a vaccine against COVID-19 is expected to be available by the start of next year. He said Pakistan is also working on local manufacturing of X-ray and dialysis machines.
He said that 30 million syringes will be manufactured locally to administer vaccine of COVID-19. Prime Minister Imran Khan also announced that for the first time in the history of Pakistan, all duties levied on medical equipment imported into the country have been removed.
These include medical equipment/machinery and apparatus like coronavirus detection kits, surgical masks, multimode ventilator with an air compressor, face shields, and other medical equipment.