Islamabad, August 3
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday appointed his focal individual on COVID-19 as the brand new well being minister, the third in lower than two years, amidst the continuing battle towards the coronavirus that has claimed almost 6,000 lives and contaminated over 280,000 folks within the nation.
Dr Faisal Sultan has been appointed as Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) with the standing of a federal minister. He is the chief govt officer of Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital, Khan’s charity hospital.
“The prime minister has been pleased to appoint Dr Faisal Sultan as SAPM on National Health Services, Regulation & Coordination with immediate effect. Dr Faisal Sultan shall hold status of federal minister,” based on an official assertion.
Sultan, the prime minister’s focal individual on COVID-19, will exchange Dr Zafar Mirza, who resigned final week as SAPM on well being.
On Wednesday, Mirza had taken to Twitter to announce his resignation because the SAPM on well being, saying he had made the choice over the “negative discussion about the role of SAPMs and criticism of the government”.
Mirza was appointed final 12 months after Amir Kayani was sacked as well being minister when he didn’t curb the costs of medication within the nation. Kayani was the primary well being minister in Khan’s cupboard after he turned the prime minister on August 18, 2018.
A guide doctor on drugs and infectious ailments, Sultan accomplished his commencement from the King Edward Medical College University, Lahore, in 1987.
He additionally holds the postgraduate levels of Diplomate American Board of Internal Medicine (1992) and Diplomate American Board of Infectious Disease (1994).
“I am very pleased about the appointment of Dr Faisal Sultan as SAPM health. As Fed Minister he will be able to make decisions which is important. A capable professional with a good worldview. A good friend. I wish him every success,” Mirza mentioned in a tweet on Monday.
The variety of coronavirus circumstances in Pakistan reached 280,027 on Monday after 330 new infections have been detected. The COVID-19 fatalities within the nation stand at 5,984, the Ministry of National Health Services mentioned on Monday. PTI