HPCZ shuts five health facilities on the Copperbelt

By Staff Reporter

THE Health Professional Council of Zambia (HPCZ) has closed down five health facilities on the Copperbelt for various violations of service delivery and drug management.
Chief Executive Officer and Registrar Aaron Mujajati said the institutions were section 5 Mine Clinic and Baluba Shaft Mine Clinic both located in Luanshya. Others are Copperbelt University Clinic and Sinozam Friendship Hospital in Kitwe and Hilltop Hospital in Ndola.

Dr. Mujajati said the closure follows ongoing inspections by HPCZ officers on the Copperbelt Province who identified violations at the facilities ranging from administration of expired ARV drugs and inadequate service facilities.

Among the reasons for closure include stocking and dispensing expired drugs and medical supplies, operating under poor state of infrastructure as well as lack of clinical supervision, inadequate essential equipment for surgical and specialized treatment.

Dr. Mujajati said other reasons observed were an unlicensed ambulance, contrary to section 36 of the Health Professions Act No. 24 of 2009.

“Sinozam Friendship Hospital – was also found to be stocking and dispensing various expired medical supplies and drugs at multiple points of care i.e Outpatient Department (OPD) treatment room, Emergency room, laboratory, Theatre, labour ward, medical ward and stores, thereby contravening section 60 subsection 1 of the Medicine and Allied Substances Act No. 3 of 2013 of the Laws of Zambia.

The facility has been offering unlicensed ambulance services, contrary to the Health Professions Act No. 24 of 2009 of the Laws of Zambia.

“It was further discovered that Sinozam Hospital had been offering unaccredited Anti-retro Viral Treatment (ART) services, against provisions of section 36 of the Health Professions Act,” the statement ready in part.

He said the health facilities will be charged accordingly for breaching the Health Professions Act and will only be allowed to reopen after the Council is satisfied that corrective measures have been taken to address the charges against the institutions