LAHORE: As per media reports, more than one hundred cardiac stents have been implanted in patients in the Punjab Institute of Cardiology, the largest hospital for treatment of cardiac diseases in the province, in Lahore.
The reports revealed that the 133 stents were implanted in June and July despite the fact that they had expired in May 2021. The expired stents were not discarded after May.
Stents are used to support your heart muscle for easy flow of blood through it. According to healthline.com, cardiac stents are expandable coils made of metal mesh. They are used to treat narrowed or blocked coronary arteries. They can also be used to improve blood flow immediately following a heart attack.
The Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has taken notice of the negligence and directed to submit him an inquiry report into the incident immediately.
The provincial government formed a probe body to investigate the happening.
On Oct 16, 2020, Prime Minister Imran Khan had inaugurated N-Ovative Health Technology Facility at NUST, Islamabad.
This is the first facility in Pakistan that will produce cardiac stents. The prime minister addressed students on this occasion.
“Preparation of stent is a welcoming thing. Cardiac stent preparation at local level is a big achievement,” Imran Khan had said. He had said most of the people in the world, including Pakistan, died of cardiac diseases.
The premier had said indigenous production of stent would reduce cost of cardiac diseases.
He had said trade deficit was a big burden on our national economy. Unfortunately, the organisations seemed to be having lack of coordination, he had said.
The prime minister had said Pakistan’s biggest asset was overseas Pakistanis. For success in life, you needed a direction and destination, he had said.