LAHORE - Taking notice of a news published in The Nation on Thursday regarding treatment of a cancer patient , Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that the Punjab government will bear all the treatment expenses of a nine-month baby suffering from blood cancer.

Amir Javed, resident of Burewala district Vehari, said the treatment of his only son Bilal was possible at Agha Khan Hospital Karachi. But it will cost Rs2.4 million to the man who is employed at a toll plaza and earns not more than Rs13,000 per month.

Amir had claimed that the Chief Minister Secretariat had refused to help him.

An official of CM Secretariat yesterday said that the chief minister directed the concerned officials to facilitate the patient no matter how costly this treatment is.

He claimed: “We had already facilitated Amir and sent him Children Hospital, directing its management to constitute a medical board for the patient. But aggrieved person wanted cash for treatment of his ailing son which was not the policy of Punjab government.”

We have contacted Amir on telephone to visit CM Secretariat today, the official said.

Amir had appealed Punjab CM Shehbaz Sharif to consider his son’s case sympathetically and issue directions to staff concerned for treatment of his son at Agha Khan Hospital.

According to the father, doctors had warned him that in case of delay in the child’s treatment his liver would also be badly damaged.

The condition of nine-month-old patient is very critical as he suffers from a rare type of blood cancer, and feels jerks all of sudden apart from black spots on his body.