LAHORE - Punjab Human Organ and Transplant Authority (PHOTA) Administrator Prof Faisal Masood on Saturday resigned in protest against an ‘unconcerned government’.

The official submitted his resignation to Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Secretary Najam Shah.

According to sources, Masood tendered resignation from the key position as government was neither providing funds to the organisation not inducting manpower.

A case pertaining to this matter is also sub-judice in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

The administrator's resignation is seen as a major jolt to the department as illegal organ transplantation is under practice in the province and government has so far not able to track and stop it.

The PMA was established under the Punjab Human Organs and Tissue Transplant Act of 2012 and can monitor transplants and enforce standards for recognised medical institutions and hospitals. The authority can also investigate allegations of a breach of any provision of the Act.

Meeting to review issues of attached teaching hospitals

Specialised Healthcare and Medical Education Secretary Najam Ahmad Shah has called a meeting on Thursday to review matters related to the attached teaching hospitals of King Edward Medical University (KEMU) and Fatima Jinnah Medical University (FJMU).

He said that the issues related to the satellite hospitals would be resolved on priority basis to enhance the performance of the said Hospitals.

He issued these instructions while presiding over a meeting with regard to the government Mian Munshi Hospital in his office here on Saturday.

Najam Ahmad Shah said that agenda for the next meeting should be prepared.  The issues related to the Government Mian Munshi Hospital,  Government Said Mitha Hospital, Government Nawaz Sharif Yakki Gate, Government Khawaja Saeed Hospital, Government Shadhara Hospital and Government Mozang Hospital would come under discussion in the meeting on Thursday.

Besides, Special Secretary Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Dr Sajid Chohan, Vice Chancellor FJMU Prof. Dr. Fakhr Imam, Deputy Secretary Budget & Accounts Health Department Sarfraz Ahmad, DO Finance City District Government and other officials attended the meeting.