In the continued quest to safe guard and ensure delivery of safe health care to all, the Health Professions Council of Zambia will be conducting compliance checks for Health Practitioners from the 7th to the 22nd of January 2019.
This therefore, serves as reminder to all Health Practitioners to have their 2019 licenses renewed and validated, so as to avoid incurring penalties in the form of fees and or prosecution.
By the Laws of The Republic of Zambia, an employer who engages unlicensed Health Practitioners commits an offence under the Health Professions Act No. 24 of 2009.
Make compliance your priority because as HPCZ we have made it ours. Remember license renewal physical inspections commenced on the 7th of January 2019.
This is an official public message from the Health Professions Council of Zambia.
Chinyota Msimuko (Mr)
Senior Public Relations Officer
Decentralization for improved service delivery
LUSAKA- The Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ) has continued to implement Government’s policy of decentralisation by extending its core services to different parts of the Country in a quest for Universal Health Coverage through a regulated Health Sector and safeguarded Citizenry.
The decentralisation exercise not only executes the HPCZ 2018-2021 Strategic Plan under pillar number 5 but supplements the attainment of the Ministry of Health National Legacy Goals spelt out in the 2017-2021 National Health Strategic Plan which envisions a prosperous Country where all Zambians have access to quality health services.
HPCZ is this month end of December set to officially launch its Southern Hub (Livingstone Regional Office), the third to be established from Ndola on the Copperbelt and Kasama in Northern Province. The Hub, expected to service the Southern Province, Western Province and surrounding areas offers among other services student indexing, registration of practitioners, licensing and will be handling general inquiries relating to the mandate of HPCZ.
Health Practitioners in the Southern Region are encouraged to make use of the Livingstone Office, and it is expected that they will have more time to attend to patients unlike before when Practitioners had to travel and stay in Lusaka for several days to access HPCZ services while patients remained deprived of the much needed quality health care.
Practitioners, Health Facilities and Training Institutions must be assured that the Health Professions Council of Zambia is also working towards the full digitalisation of services to minimise the impact of frequent travels. Further, members of the Public are encouraged to utilise the newly established office to report any breach of the Patients’ Rights Charter as well as commend where due, the work of Health Practitioners, Facilities and Training Institutions.
HPCZ would like to thank all stakeholders and the general public for the continued support in execution of the Council’s mandate as enshrined in the Health Professions Act No. 24 of 2009 of the Laws of Zambia. The Council looks forward to more engagement in the coming years to ensure delivery of quality health services, thereby contributing meaningfully to National Development.
Happy Festive Season and a Healthy 2020!
Bwembya B. Bwalya (Mr.)
REGISTRAR & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
HEALTH PROFESSIONS COUNCIL OF ZAMBIA
HPCZ discontinues illegal programmes at Conquerous Institute in Solwezi
The Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ) has with immediate effect discontinued training in Environmental Health and Clinical Medicine at Conquerous Institute- The Institute of Health Sciences in Solwezi, North-western Province upon discovering that the Institution was offering the two programmes illegally.
HPCZ received an alert that Conquerous Institute had enrolled students in Environmental Health and Clinical Medicine without Approval Certificates from the regulatory body. An advert was also placed on social media inviting students to apply for enrolment in the same programmes.
At the time of the HPCZ inspection, students were already out for internship while the Institution continued selling application forms to more prospective students in the abovementioned programmes for the January 2020 intake. The Council has since directed that the students be recalled from internship and all payments made for tuition or enrolment be refunded.
HPCZ further wishes to warn Internship Sites against admitting students from Conquerous Institute in the cited illegal programmes.
Apart from illegally offering medical sciences, some of the irregularities discovered at the Institution were:
– Enrolment of students without Grade Twelve Certificates. The Institution, through an advert encouraged students to pursue medical courses while rewriting grade twelve. A register revealed one student pursuing Environmental Health with a credit in Civic Education but failed all other subjects
– The Institution did not have proper infrastructure for training health programmes, i.e did not have a library, proper classrooms and laboratory
– The Institution had no running water, a situation that could pose health risks for the students and staff.
HPCZ has discontinued training in Environmental Health and Clinical Medicine at Conquerous Institute in accordance with Section 32 of the Health Professions Act No. 24 of 2009 of the Laws of Zambia.
Students and the general public are urged to be alert by checking with the Health Professions Council of Zambia that a Training Institution offering Health Programmes has a valid Approval Certificate, before going ahead to enrol.
Mr. Bwembya Bwalya
REGISTRAR & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
NOTICE: 2020 Certificates, License Renewals and PMEC Deductions
NOTICE TO ALL HEALTH PRACTITIONERS, HEALTH FACILITIES AND TRAINING INSTITUTIONS.
This serves to remind all Health Practitioners, Training Institutions and Health Facilities licensed under the Health Professions Act No. 24 of 2009 of the Laws of Zambia that you are required to renew your certificates and licenses for 2020. The renewal exercise runs from 1st October 2019 to 31st December 2019, please note that there will be no extension.
Avoid any inconveniences from failure to comply with the conditions of your certificate/licence. Practitioners on the Government Payroll Management and Establishment Control (PMEC) System are also duly notified herein, that deductions will be made during the month of October 2019. Those from whom deductions may not be effected in the month of October are advised to immediately notify their respective Human Resource Personnel or visit any HPCZ office.
THE REGISTRAR & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER HEALTH PROFESSIONS COUNCIL OF ZAMBIA
All renewal payments must be deposited at any Zambia National Commercial Bank Branch using the Bill Master Platform or at any STANBIC Bank Branch using the following details:
Account (A/C) Name: Health Professions Council of Zambia Account
(A/C) No: 9130002152316
Sort Code: 040010
Cheques must be deposited directly into the stated Stanbic Bank Account. The Council no longer receives cheque payments at all its offices.