THE Health Professions Council of Zambia has ordered the Copperbelt University (CBU) to immediately stop offering two programmes at its school of Medicine for failure to meet set standards in accordance with the Health Professions Act no.24 of 2009 of the laws of Zambia.
The HPCZ has withdrawn recognition and approval of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and the Bachelor of Dental Surgery after a recent compliance monitoring inspection revealed gross over-enrollment of students, an inadequate number of lecturers, engaging unregistered and unlicensed lecturers that are health practitioners and failure to index students.
In a statement, HPCZ Chief Executive Officer, Dr .Aaron Mujajati says in the Bachelor f Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery programme,the University over-enrolled by 494 students bringing the total number pursuing this programme to 794.
Dr. Mujajati says the lecturer-student ratios therefore, exceed the recommended 1 to 50 for theory for students in clinical years 3 to 5 and the practical ratios of 1 to 10 for students in both the foundation and clinical years.
He adds that another major finding of the inspection is the lack of lecturers in several courses including Psychology, Histology, Pathology and Body Dysfunction.
Dr. Mujajati states that this situation is indicative of the fact that HPCZ cannot be assured of the safety of the public once exposed to the services of graduates in the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery and that it is clear that CBU currently has no capacity to offer this programme, thus the decision to withdraw the certificate of approval and subsequent closure of the programme.