ZAMBIA Medical Association (ZMA) president Aaron Mujajati has called for the establishment of an independent regulatory body to monitor private universities that provide training of doctors.
Dr Mujajati is concerned that newly established universities that provide training for doctors are not monitored to ensure they produce quality graduates.
Speaking on the Sunday interview programme on Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) television, Dr Mujajati expressed concern that there are no quality assurance examinations to ensure that the doctors graduating from newly established private universities are appropriately qualified.
“We have not yet started producing graduates from these private universities which are training doctors, but the problem is that we do not have gatekeepers to ensure that high standards are met.
“The issue about medical training as compared to these other professions is that we are dealing with life and once you make a mistake and it is lost, you cannot replace it,” Dr Mujajati said.
He said the medical profession is growing and is dynamic in terms of ethics, which Government might not have resources to monitor.
“In the past, doctors could not regulate themselves because they were few. At independence, we had few doctors and it was very difficult to allow for self-regulation.
“For the past five years, we have been pushing Government to allow doctors to regulate themselves,” he said.
Dr Mujajati said time has come for medical practitioners to regulate themselves.