ISLAMABAD : Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday inaugurated the production facility of the first ever indigenously developed ventilators in the country’s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, officials said. Ventilators will be produced at the National Radio and Telecommunication Corporation (NRTC) at the city of Haripur, some 90 kilometers from capital Islamabad. The prime minister’s office said the NRTC has become the first organization in Pakistan which has indigenously developed and started local manufacturing of Portable Ventilators named “SafeVent SP100”. SafeVent SP 100 is FDA/CE approved economical and reliable ventilator, according to a statement. The NRTC has already produced 15 units of SafeVent SP 100 and has a production capacity to manufacture 250 –300 units per month. “It is a landmark achievement for Pakistan and I congratulate the entire team,” Khan said in his remarks during the visit. The Managing Director NRTC retired brigadier Tofique Ahmed gave a detailed briefing to the prime minister about the history, sectors of research and development, products and services of the NRTC. He said that NRTC is indigenously providing services including communication equipment, E-policing, Electro-Medical equipment, hardware and software. Khan commended the initiative taken by NRTC and the Ministry of Science and Technology for the first ever indigenously produced ventilator. “We have abundant talent in our country to take us to self-reliance in new technological innovation and our government will strongly support any initiative to harness the potential of our youth,” Khan said. Khan also spoke about the COVID-19 in Pakistan and stated that the approach in response to the pandemic and adopting a smart lockdown while keeping the economy afloat has been widely acknowledged. He said the government’s focus will now remain on comprehensive health reforms. Later, the prime minister inaugurated the ventilator production facility and visited various sections of NRTC. Minister for Science and Technology Mr. Fawad Chaudhry, Minister for Energy Omar Ayub, Prime Minister’s Focal Person for COVID-19 Faisal Sultan, Chairman National Disaster Management Authority Lt. General Muhammad Afzal and senior officers were also present on the occasion.