KARACHI: The Sindh government has announced to bear all the expenses of the treatment of former Pakistan hockey player Naveed Alam.
The member of the 1994 World Cup-winning squad, has been diagnosed with blood cancer, after which his son Hassan Naveed Alam appealed to the federal and provincial governments to help his father get treatment.
His son had said that a test conducted at Shaukat Khanum Hospital had revealed the disease. He said that according to the initial estimate of the doctors, the treatment would cost around Rs. 4 million which was beyond their means.
The Sindh government spokesman Barrister Murtaza Wahab said that the provincial government has written a formal letter to the management of Shaukat Khanum Hospital in this regard. According to Barrister Murtaza Wahab, the provincial government has decided that the Sindh government will pay whatever it costs to treat Olympian Naveed Alam.
The spokesman of the provincial government, Barrister Murtaza Wahab, said that the former Olympian who made the country famous cannot be left alone. He said that former Olympian Naveed Alam has stood and will continue to stand while fighting cancer.
A source close to Naveed said that he had not been feeling well for some days and when his family took him to the Shaukat Khanum Hospital in Lahore, he was informed about his blood cancer.
The source said that Javed Afridi, the owner of one of the franchises in the Pakistan Super League, Peshawar Zalmi had contacted the family of the World Cup Winner and assured them he will take care of all the hospital expenses for Naveed.