By ALICE NACHILENBE
The Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ) has shut down a health facility called Mamos Royal Medical Centre in Kazungula District for illegally providing healthcare services to unsuspecting citizens.
HPCZ Senior Public Relations Officer Terry Musonda said Mamos Royal Medical Centre, not registered with HPCZ, and was operated by a Clinical Officer named Louise Jere who has allegedly been holding out as a Specialist Doctor.
Mr Musonda said HPCZ received information that the Clinical Officer had been operating the illegal health facility and combined team comprising HPCZ, Zambia Police and Medical Doctors from Livingstone Central Hospital conducted an inspection at the said Medical Centre in Kazungula.
He said it was discovered that the health practitioner’s Annual Practicing Certificate as a Clinical Officer General, had, in fact, expired in 2019.
“The Health Professions Act No. 24 of 2009 of the Laws of Zambia under Sections 15 and 18 prohibit any health practitioner from practicing without a valid Practicing Certificate. Louise Jere has since been charged and arrested for contravening provisions of the Health Professions Act. He is currently on police bond and shall appear in court soon,” he said.
Mr Musonda has alerted members of the public to refrain from engaging Louise Jere or seeking healthcare services from Mamos Royal Medical Centre as patient-safety cannot be guaranteed.