The Health Profession Council of Zambia (HPCZ) has Ordered nine Universities to stop enrolling students in various health related courses including Bachelor of Clinical Medicine, Bachelors of Public health, Diploma in pharmacy and diploma in Environmental health, among others.
In a statement to News Diggers! HPCZ stated that the programmes do not comply with sections 32 (1) and (2) of the health professions act no. 24 of 2009 of the laws of Zambia and are therefore not recognised and approved by the health professions council of Zambia.
HPCZ went ahead to name the Universities and Colleges as well as the degree and diploma courses that they were ordered to stop offering.
“Rhodesburg University College in Lusaka (diploma in clinical medicine), MEF University in Lusaka (Diploma in pharmacy and Diploma in clinical medicine), Choma Medical College in Choma (Diploma in clinical medicine), Eden University in Lusaka (Bachelor of Clinical Medicine), School of health sciences Mansfield University college in Lusaka (Bachelor’s Degree in public health and Diploma in clinical medicine), Mindolo Ecumenical Foundation University in Kitwe (Degree in public health, Degree in environment health and Diploma in environment health), Rusalu College of Education & Health Sciences in Kafue (Diploma in clinical medicine) South Valley University in Lusaka (Online Diploma in biomedical sciences),” read the statement.
“The programmes do not comply with sections 32 (1) and (2) of the health professions Act no. 24 of 2009 of the laws of Zambia and are therefore not recognised and approved by the Health Professions Council of Zambia. Parents, sponsors and would-be-students are therefore alerted that any person(s) wishing to undertake the stated health related training programmes at the stated colleges and universities will not be eligible for registration with the health professions council of Zambia to practice as health practitioners in Zambia.”
The Health Professions Council said it was monitoring the conduct of the said universities as well as health practitioners to ensure that they were not operating outside the law.
“The Health Professions Council of Zambia also wishes to stress that the advertisements on enrolment of students for the stated health related training programmes are not only illegal but has no approval from the health professions council of Zambia. Further, parents, sponsors and would-be-students are also encouraged to double-check on the status of both the training institutions and health related programmes being advertised and offered with the registrar of the Health Professions Council of Zambia, whenever they come across such enrolment advertisements,” read the statement.
“This is vital in order to avoid the inconvenience of losing their hard-earned-resources and time. The general public should further note that the Health Professions Council of Zambia is taking measures over the matter. Health Professions Council of Zambia remains committed to its mandate and shared mission statement of: regulating and monitoring the professional conduct of the health practitioners, health facilities and training institutions in order to ensure compliance to the set standards and assure provision of quality services.”