HPCZ drags Lafarge to court for operating illegal clinic, dispensing expired drugs

The Health Professionals Council of Zambia has filed a complaint in the Ndola Magistrates’ Court against Lafarge Zambia Plc for operating a clinic without a licence.

According to a notice filed in the ndola magistrate court, HPCZ legal counsel Frank Lungu has stated that Lafarge, Dorothy Kayeyi, Munankopa Hantuba and Thecra Milambo are charged with three counts.

In count one, the offence is failure to comply with the provisions of section 53 (a) of the Health Professions Act No. 24 of 2009 of the laws of Zambia, contravened practice standards procedures of guidelines for health facilities issued by the council.

Details are that Lafarge Zambia Plc being a company incorporated in Zambia and having its registered office at Lusaka, Dorothy Kayeyi, Munankopa Hantuba and Thecra Milambo being Directors of Lafarge Zambia Plc, on dates unknown but between 2 January, 2007 and 19 December, 2017 at Lafarge Zambia Plc in Ndola, jointly and whilst acting together with others unknown, did stock and dispense expired drugs at the clinic located within the grounds of Lafarge Cement Plant in the Ndola and operated the said clinic without providing continuous professional development training to members of staff.

In count two, being a holder of a license breached the terms and conditions of the license contrary to section 53 (1) (b) of the Health Professions Act No. 24 of 2009 of the laws of Zambia.

Details in this count are that Lafarge Zambia Plc being a company incorporated in Zambia and having its registered office at Lusaka, jointly and whilst acting together with others unknown did operate an ambulance without a licence in Ndola.

In count three, the offence is performed an act or omitted to act, thereby endangering public health or the lives of persons receiving health care services at a healthy facility contrary to the laws of Zambia.

It is alleged that Lafarge Zambia Plc being a company incorporated in Zambia, jointly and whilst acting together with others unknown did operate a clinic situated within the grounds of Lafarge Cement Plant in Ndola without supervision by a qualified medical practitioner.

HPCZ legal counsel Frank Lungu said the complaint has been filed before Ndola magistrate Austin Chibalo.

The matter comes up for hearing on April 24, 2018.

         

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