Prime Minister Imran Khan has appointed Dr Faisal Sultan as his particular assistant on nationwide well being companies, laws and coordination, a press release issued by the premier’s workplace stated on Monday.
Dr Sultan, who in accordance with the transient assertion will maintain the standing of a federal minister, will change Dr Zafar Mirza, who resigned as particular assistant to the prime minister on well being final week.
Dr Sultan additionally serves because the prime minister’s focal individual on Covid-19.
A notification issued by the Cupboard Division stated the prime minister “has been pleased to appoint Dr Faisal Sultan as Special Assistant to the Pime Minister on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination with the status of federal minister, with immediate effect”.
The brand new SAPM is the chief government officer of the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Most cancers Hospital & Analysis Centre (SKMCH&RC), the charity hospital based by Prime Minister Imran.
A advisor doctor on medication and infectious illnesses, Dr Sultan accomplished his commencement from the King Edward Medical Faculty College, Lahore, in 1987, in accordance with the SKMCH&RC web site.
He additionally holds the postgraduate levels of Diplomate American Board of Inside Drugs (1992) and Diplomate American Board of Infectious Illness (1994).
Final Wednesday, Zafar 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”.
His departure, together with that of former particular assistant to the prime minister on digital Pakistan Tania Aidrus, had come days after the opposition lambasted the federal government following the latter’s transfer to make public particulars of the belongings and twin nationalities of 20 advisers and particular assistants to the prime minister.
“I am very pleased about the appointment of Dr Faisal Sultan as SAPM health. As federal minister he will be able to make decisions which [are] important,” Zafar tweeted on Monday about his alternative.
He termed Dr Sultan “a capable professional with a good worldview” and a superb good friend, wishing him success in his new position.
Earlier right this moment, Mirza was appointed to the Nationwide Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) “to recognise his contributions to the national Covid response effort in the last several months”, in accordance with Planning Minister Asad Umar.
“Thankful for the support he provided and wish him the best for his future work,” Umar tweeted.
Dr Mirza was assigned the portfolio of nationwide well being services in April 2019 and overnoticed the federal government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Previous to this, he was working as director of well being system growth on the WHO regional workplace for the Japanese Mediterranean.