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Health Professions Council of Zambia drags Lafarge to court

General News Health Professions Council of Zambia drags Lafarge to court

The Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ) has today filed a court legal suit against Lafarge Zambia Plc at the Ndola Magistrate Court for breaching Section 53 (1) of the Health Professional Act No. 24 of 2009 of the Laws of Zambia.

Lafarge Zambia Plc has been slapped with 3 charges having in stock and dispensing expired drugs at the clinic located within the grounds of Lafarge Cement Plant in Ndola.

The company has also been charged with operating an ambulance without a license from the HPCZ.

In the last charge, the cement manufacturing firm has been slapped with an offence of running a health facility without qualified health personnel.

ZANIS reports that the three incidences occurred between 1st January and 19th December, 2017.

Addressing journalist after filing a court legal suit at Ndola Magistrate Court, HPCZ Legal Counsel, Frank Lungu said the council will not rest but continue perusing people or companies who are breaching the health professions act.

Mr. Lungu noted that the role of the council is to defend and protect the health of Zambians further stating that, the council will do everything possible to ensure culprits are brought to book.

And HPCZ Senior Public Relations Officer Terry Musonda noted that the council has embarked on a transformative agenda to ensure it protects the lives of the people in the country.

Mr. Musonda has since appreciated the role which the media and the general public have played in alerting the council of such happenings and has urged them to continue doing so.

The matter will be heard on 24 April 2018.

12 COMMENTS

  1. Please go for these lawbreaking capitalists who don’t respect their communities. How do u run a clinic without qualified medical personnel? Exposing your employees to quacks!

  2. I am glad these associations are finally beginning to do their job-protecting our communities. Get those good-for-nothing capitalists! The least they can do is to respect our laws.

  3. There are only two issues, the expired drugs and unqualified personnel. The ambulance license isn’t an issue, when was such a license introduced? An ambulance isn’t a treatment center but is used for evacuations in case of emergency. Previous industrial regulations required all industries to have a plant site clinic and an ambulance. All members of staff were required to undergo First Aid training. If the people found at the clinic were trained First Aiders then that issue falls off.

    • In-house first Aid training does not make you qualify to run a health facility. You need to be on HPCZ register to run a health facility. First Aid is not a qualification.

  4. The problem with these regulatory institutions is their hunger for fees. Since the advent of Mujajati at HPCZ so many senseless fees and regulations have been introduced. The requirement to license an ambulance doesn’t make sense, most companies would opt not to have an ambulance because of fees. The must this because it puts the lives of workers at risk. Notorious companies like Lamise and Trade Kings would rather put casualties of accidents and rush them to Chawama Hospital than run a costly ambulance. Is there an ambulance or clinic at Dangote? I doubt those useless Indians running Dangote will have such

  5. The problem with these regulatory institutions is their hunger for fees. Since the advent of Mujajati at HPCZ so many senseless fees and regulations have been introduced. The requirement to license an ambulance doesn’t make sense, most companies would opt not to have an ambulance because of fees. The must this because it puts the lives of workers at risk. Notorious companies like Lamise and Trade Kings would rather put casualties of accidents and rush them to Chawama Hospital than run a costly ambulance. Is there an ambulance or clinic at Dangote? I doubt those useless Indians running Dangote will have such.

  6. By the way some of those chaps at HPCZ are also running their own clinics but are busy targeting competitors and closing them down. Soon one will end up in prison. Theirs lack minimum standards but they look for any excuse to slap unreasonable fines on others. We know them, when Kaiser Zulu receives a list of their names they will dance chikokoshi

  7. The problem with these regulatory institutions is their hunger for fees. Since the advent of Mujajati at HPCZ so many fees and regulations have been introduced. The requirement to license an ambulance doesn’t make sense, the Unions must fight it because it will stop companies from running ambulances. Some companies like Lamise and Trade Kings would rather put their workers in a van and ferry them to Chawama Hospital in case of emergency than run and ambulance.

  8. We will eventually clean our country. Let’s not relent. Collect all the taxes due, protect our workers from unnecessary injury.

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