There are a lot of people trying to join the health fraternity, fraudulently the Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ) public relations officer Terry Musonda has charged.
Mr Musonda noted that the council in conjunction with the Examination Council of Zambia (ECZ) last year commenced the verification of grade twelve and general certificate of education (GCE) results for student applicants who intended to pursue careers in health professions countrywide.
He said following the verification, it was discovered that 25 students were found with forged Grade 12 results while 169 students did not meet the admission criteria to respective health training institution.
“We successfully managed to conduct a verification process with the Examination Council of Zambia in all the health training institutions countrywide and i should mention that the council is very saddened by thefact that there are a lot of fraudulent people trying to join the health fraternity,” Mr Musonda said.
He said there was need to bring sanity and enhance professionalism in the health profession and minimise complaints against health practitioners by ensuring that only qualified students enrolled in various health training institutions. Mr Musonda was speaking at the HPCZ 2016 first quarter media briefing in Lusaka yesterday. He said the council was saddened by the increasing number of fraudulent individuals who were trying to join the health profession. Mr Musonda said that the council had also commenced the student indexing system, which was mandatory for all students pursuing careers in the health profession.
He observed that the system was of benefit to the country as it was going to bring sanity to the health profession.
“This is a good system because it would benefit the students, the council and the health training institutions. Student indexing is meant to provide data on students enrolled in training health institutions to facilitate forecasting of both training and professional needs within the country,” Mr Musonda said.
He appealed to would-be-students at various health training institutions to be double-checking with the council on the entry criteria.
“This is vital in order to avoid the inconvenience of losing their hard-earned-resources and time,” Mr Musonda said.