Dr Faisal Sultan replaces Zafar Mirza as SAPM on National Health
Dr. Faisal Sultan has been appointed Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health, a post equivalent to the federal minister, 24NewsHD TV channel reported.
Dr Faisal, who is already serving as Prime Minister’s Focal Person on COVID-19 and is Prime Minister’s top trusted physician, has replaced Dr Zafar Mirza.
On Dr Faisal’s advice, the Prime Minister Imran Khan underwent a coronavirus test as he met with philanthropist Faisal Edhi who later tested positive for COVID-19 in April this year.
Dr Faisal has also served as CEO of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospitals and Research Centres. He was appointed as PM’s lead and focal person on COVID-19 on March 24 this year.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza had resigned from the post on July 30. Mirza took to Twitter and said that he had come to Pakistan on the personal invitation of the premier after leaving the World Health Organisation (WHO)."I worked hard and honestly. It was a privilege to serve Pakistan. I am satisfied that I leave at a time when Covid -19 has declined in Pakistan as a result of a grand national effort."
He further added that he had made the decision over the "negative discussion about the role of SAPMs and criticism of the government".
"Pakistani people deserve better healthcare. I have worked sincerely to contribute to this cause. Pakistan will Inshallah emerge from Covid-19 with a stronger healthcare system," Dr Zafar Mirza said.
Planning Minister Asad Umar on Wednesday invited Dr Zafar Mirza to the National Command and Operation Center to recognize his contributions to the national COVID response effort in the last several months.
“Thankful for the support he provided and wish him the best for his future work,” he said in a tweet.
Invited @zfrmrza to the NCOC to recognize his contributions to the national covid response effort in the last several months. Thankful for the support he provided and wish him the best for his future work pic.twitter.com/E3gNwwtFwW— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) August 3, 2020