Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the government had made sure to put in place a comprehensive vision for long-term planning to keep the country away from the crisis and improve the lives of ordinary people while lifting people out of poverty.
The prime minister stated this when speaking at an event, “Turning Disasters into Opportunities,” here at COMSTECH. The function, which is organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology, has displayed stalls for various medical equipment, produced by various public and private sector organizations.
The prime minister said there was no shortage of talent in Pakistan but unfortunately there were no governments in the past that focused on confidence, the knowledge economy and research and development (R&D). “If Pakistanis who live abroad can excel in various fields then why not here, because we cannot provide them with such a system where they can utilize and develop their talents,” he added.
He said self-confidence is a panacea for development, progress, and independence, adding that this quality creates protection in humans. The prime minister said that confidence was the greatest principle of the State of Medina, which freed the mind from the clutches of slavery.
He said Pakistan progressed at a rapid pace in the 1960s but unfortunately the pace of development was not maintained and the country lost its purpose.
The prime minister said that the country must head for a knowledge, education, science and technology economy to get a dignified place among the country’s people.
The prime minister said the COVID-19 crisis provided the opportunity to produce locally produced ventilators and protective equipment because they could not be imported. “If we can develop an atomic bomb, then why not use a ventilator,” he added.
He said if state elites including ministers went to public hospitals for their care instead of going abroad with public money, public hospitals and health infrastructure would be largely improved.
The prime minister said the government must improve public hospitals and improve the country’s medical infrastructure.
The prime minister said the government did not choose total closure because it would adversely affect the poor and trampled segments of society, adding that a country where there is a sea of poor people and few rich people cannot make progress.
He said China had lifted 700 million people out of poverty, adding that the government was currently committed to working for the poorer segments of society and improving their lot.
The prime minister said Pakistanis abroad were a large asset of the country and the majority of them wanted to return to Pakistan and contribute to the country. But added that for that the system and institutions must be improved.
Then, the prime minister also inspects medical equipment produced by various public and private sector organizations.
Minister of Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain when giving a briefing to the prime minister said that Pakistan produced unlimited Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) at an affordable cost to face the challenges of COVID-19.
He said the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Pakistan Scientific and Industrial Research Council (PCSIR) produced large quantities of hand sanitizers and disinfectants and that the country was now in a position to export these items, even after meeting local requirements. He said seven types of ventilators designed by the Pakistan Engineering Council were in clinical trials, while the National University of Science and Technology had developed its own testing kit.
He said the private sector, especially the textile sector Faisalabad, produced protective equipment for doctors and healed workers, outside of domestic consumption.
Defense Production Minister Zobaida Jalal when giving a briefing to the prime minister said that Pakistanis have good minds and are able to overcome all kinds of challenges.
He said after appearing COVID-19, the defense production ministry mobilized its team to prepare safety equipment in the fight against coronavirus.
Zobaida Jalal said his ministry had achieved the ability to produce around 300,000 to 400,000 liters of cleaners, 35,000 high-quality masks, and 400-500 protective clothing per day.
He said joint production with his companies had stepped forward to complete the national struggle against COVID-19 and develop a methodology for utilizing existing industrial infrastructure for the development of protective gears and other goods. He said that we enable all production with our own resources. In this case, the NRCC uses 10 million rupees from its own resources.
He said that the NRCC will start repairing ventilators in Haripur and Lahore soon to meet all kinds of emergencies. So far three hundred ventilators have been repaired by our engineers. He said our Engineers were behind the scenes success against COVID-19.
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