Govt Suspends Licentiate Exams

By Staff Reporter

Health minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya has directed the Health Professions Council of Zambia to immediately suspend licentiate examinations recently introduced for medical doctors.

During a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday Dr Chilufya said the policy to introduce licentiate examinations for graduates from medical schools has been revisited and he directed the Council to immediately suspend the licensure exams and issue temporary licences of practice to the 200 doctors that had graduated so that their recruitment commenced immediately.

“So, we are going to recruit in excess of 200 medical doctors, the medical school at Levy Mwanawasa General Hospital will have in excess of 5,000 undergraduate and post graduate students “at any given time”, said Dr Chilufya.

He said the universities in Lusaka will have a 3,000 capacity while additional capacity will come from provincial campuses that offer medical programmes on behalf of Levy Mwanawasa hospital.

“We currently have 200 specialists, but in four years, we will have an additional 500 specialists through the programmes being offered by Levy Mwanawasa General Hospital,” he said.