NHS to Establish a Plasma-Farming Facility to Cater the Shortage


by Hamna Bano

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On Saturday, the Ministry of Health Services (NHS) announced that it has achieved another milestone in its efforts to establish a plasma-free facility (PFF) in Islamabad. 


According to the statement, a group of delegates including Naser Ali Khameis Alyammahi Hayat BioTech Chief Operations Officer, Ahmed Bin Dalmook bin Juma Al Maktoum, a member of Dubai’s ruling visited Pakistan to meet Prime Minister and Abdul Qadir Patel, the Health Minister. They came to discuss new ventures in the fields of health, research, and vaccine including plasmapheresis and investing in vaccine development in the country. 

A coordination office at the Regional Blood Centre, Islamabad that will establish close liaison with the firm and the ministry was inaugurated by Sheikh Makhdoom. 

The statement added that the delegates visiting were ready to invest in plasma farming in Pakistan based on WHO standards. This is new as the blood services in Pakistan were provided mainly by hospital blood banks without any functional separation of plasma processes into production and utilization. 

Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel said that “Pakistan highly valued its relations with the UAE, adding that collaboration between the two nations in the field of health will be of immense benefit to the people of Pakistan.”

This recent collaboration between the two states and the special interest of our brotherly state on this very significant health agenda regarding reforms in blood banking services by setting up a plasma farming and harvesting facility in Pakistan would play a crucial role in the delivery of quality healthcare”, he added. 

Sheikh Maktoum made the surety of the fact that the UAE was fully committed to supporting the implementation and expansion of the project in Pakistan. 

Hayat Biotech, which is one of the leading biotechnology companies in the North Africa region and the Middle East is formalizing joint efforts with the health ministry and Sheikh Maktoum office to establish a state-of-the-art plasma collection center in Islamabad.