ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Shibli Faraz has said indigenously produced ventilators were not useful and the country also needed to gear up to deal with any emergency situation as it could witness shortage of oxygen.
In Jun 2020, Fawad Chaudhry as federal minister for science and technology had claimed that ventilator was a complicated machine and not many countries were able to manufacture them locally, while Pakistan had successfully developed it.
Shibli Faraz said as per international standard a ventilator had 16 functions while only four functions were offered in the indigenous ventilator. He also relayed that the National Radio and Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC) were tasked to make ventilators.
To a query about the oxygen plant of the Pakistan Steel Mills, he said that a team of technical experts was looking into it, however it could not be revived very soon.
Shibli Faraz said on one hand, we have to control the spread of Coronavirus pandemic and on the other we could not afford to shut down the country and leave the people to die of hunger.
He said in this situation, the government’s policy of smart lockdown worked successfully and has been appreciated internationally.
The Minister for Science and Technology appreciated different sections of society like religious leaders, academia and philanthropists for helping the government to cater the prevailing situation.