ISLAMABAD, Monday, August 03, 2020 (WNP/DL): Prime Minister Imran Khan has appointed Dr Faisal Sultan as his special assistant on national health services, regulations and coordination, a statement issued by the premier’s office said on Monday.
Dr Sultan, who according to the brief statement will hold the status of a federal minister, will replace Dr Zafar Mirza, who resigned as special assistant to the prime minister on health last week.
Dr Sultan also serves as the prime minister’s focal person on Covid-19.
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. pic.twitter.com/ZnVUPLcfwC
— Govt of Pakistan (@pid_gov) August 3, 2020
A notification issued by the Cabinet Division said the prime minister “has been pleased to appoint Dr Faisal Sultan as Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination with the status of federal minister, with immediate effect”.
The new SAPM is the chief executive officer of the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre (SKMCH&RC), the charity hospital founded by Prime Minister Imran.
A consultant physician on medicine and infectious diseases, Dr Sultan completed his graduation from the King Edward Medical College University, Lahore, in 1987, according to the SKMCH&RC website.
He also holds the postgraduate degrees of Diplomate American Board of Internal Medicine (1992) and Diplomate American Board of Infectious Disease (1994).
Dr Zafar Mirza terms Dr Sultan a capable professional
“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 replacement.
He termed Dr Sultan “a capable professional with a good worldview” and a good friend, wishing him success in his new role.
<354> I am very pleased about the appointment of @fslsltn 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. GodSpeed.
— Zafar Mirza (@zfrmrza) August 3, 2020
Earlier today, Mirza was appointed to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) “to recognise his contributions to the national Covid response effort in the last several months”, according to Planning Minister Asad Umar.
“Thankful for the support he provided and wish him the best for his future work,” Umar tweeted.
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