The Health Professions Council of Zambia has cited and closed down five health facilities in Luanshya, Kitwe and Ndola on the Copperbelt Province for various violations, contrary to the laws of Zambia.
The facilities closed include Section 5 Mine Clinic and Baluba Shaft Mine Clinic both located in Luanshya.
Others are Copperbelt University Clinic in Kitwe, Sinozam Friendship Hospital also in Kitwe and Hilltop Hospital located in Ndola.
The closures come following ongoing inspections by HPCZ officers on the Copperbelt Province who identified a number of violations.
Section 5 Mine Clinic in Luanshya, was discovered stocking and dispensing expired drugs and medical supplies – operating under poor state of infrastructure as well as lack of clinical supervision and had inadequate essential equipment.
Baluba Shaft Mine Clinic – was found to be stocking and dispensing expired drugs and medical supplies, contrary to section 60 sub section 1 of the Medicine and Allied Substances Act number 3 of 2013 of the Laws of Zambia – the facility had poor storage of medicines including mixing food items with medicines in a fridge, HPCZ inspectors further noticed lack of clinical supervision at Baluba Shaft Mine Clinic.
And the clinic has been running an unlicensed ambulance, contrary to section 36 of the Health Professions Act number 24 of 2009.
And Copperbelt University Clinic has been cited for stocking and using/dispensing various expired medical supplies and drugs at multiple points of care including the emergency tray which violates the Medicine and Allied Substances Act.
Sinozam Friendship Hospital was also found to be stocking and dispensing various expired medical supplies and drugs at multiple points of care i.e Outpatient Department treatment room, Emergency room, laboratory, Theatre, labour ward, medical ward and stores, thereby contravening section 60 subsection 1 of the Medicine and Allied Substances Act number 3 of 2013 of the Laws of Zambia. The facility has been offering unlicensed ambulance services, contrary to the Health Professions Act number 24 of 2009 of the Laws of Zambia.
It was further discovered that Sinozam Hospital has been offering unaccredited Anti-retro Viral Treatment services, against provisions of section 36 of the Health Professions Act while Hilltop Hospital’s major violation was stocking and dispensing expired drugs and medical supplies.
Dr. Aaron Mujajati, the Council Registrar said all the five facilities have been closed pursuant to section 50 (1) (a) of the Health Professions Act number 24 of 2009 of the Laws of Zambia which provides that the Council may order closure of a health facility where- “the health facility is violating licence requirements in a manner that presents danger of imminent harm to patients.
He said the health facilities will be charged accordingly for breaching the Health Professions Act and will only be allowed to reopen after the Council is satisfied that corrective measures have been taken to address the violations identified.