The Health Professions Council of Zambia has withdrawn the approval certificates for training programmes offered at Lusaka Apex Medical University and three other programmes at Cavendish University.
Association Registrar Dr Aaron Mujajati said that the withdrawal has come about because Apex Medical University dean doesn’t have post graduate qualifications which is against the standards of the council.
Dr Mujajati said that the two institutions failed to meet compliance levels in the withdrawn programmes despite being given enough time to do so.
“THE Health Professions wishes to inform the general public, stakeholders and students about the withdrawal of approval certificates for training programmes which are offered Lusaka Apex Medical University. We have withdrawn two programmes at Lusaka Apex Medical University namely; Bachelor of Science and Pharmacy and Bachelor of Science and Radiography.
“We have withdrawn three programmes from Cavendish University namely; MBCHP which is Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery which is a qualification people obtain to become doctors. We have also withdrawn the Bachelor of Science and Chemical medicine and Bachelor of Science in Public Health,” he said.
he also disclosed that Apex Medical University, the institution had enrolled students to 740 against five full time lecturers.
Before these programmes were withdrawn,the Health Professions Council last year did conduct compliance monitoring exercise in these training institutions. And at that time, these major violations were actually found the training institutions were given an opportunity to address those violations. And they were given adequate time to deal with the violations that were found then and the inspection at that time was done in October last year. And the schools were informed that at a given date, the council come back to check if they had addressed these problems. Unfortunately the ongoing compliance inspection unearthed that the schools did not do much to address these problems.”