LAHORE - The Punjab government on Friday appointed professor of pediatrics Mehmood Shaukat principal of Allama Iqbal Medical College in place of Professor Javaid Akram.
Moreover, Prof Dr Javed Akram was posted technical adviser on medical education against a newly-created post.
Parliamentary Health Secretary Saeed Elahi said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif wanted to restore the Health Department’s traditions and values.
“The government has decided to rehabilitate the Health Department to provide best health facilities to the poor and needy. Seniority will be the number one principle in the postings and transfers of principals of medical colleges, medical superintendents, EDOs, DHOs and other high officials,” he said.
Elahi said the previous government of Deputy Prime Minister Pervaiz Elahi had ruined the Health Department.
“Corrupt, junior and incompetent officers were appointed on senior posts and as a result the department showed marked deterioration in standards of delivery.”
He said the Punjab government would take revolutionary steps to improve the health system. “The heath budget has been enhanced five times with the special efforts of the Punjab CM.”
Also, Dr Khawaja Haroon Khursheed, professor of pediatrics Nishtar Medical College Multan has also been transferred and posted principal of Quaid-e-Azam Medical College in Bahawalpur relieving Dr Khalid Abbas Bukhari, professor of pediatrics of the charge of the post of Quaid-e-Azam Medical College Principal Bahawalpur with immediate effect.
A notification has also been issued accordingly, a Health Department spokesperson said.