Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ) Public Relations Manager, Terry Musonda says a total of 1,925 out of 2,000 candidates have been examined in the first stanza of Licensure examinations in Lusaka, Ndola and Livingstone.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today, Mr Musonda said the examinations in Lusaka were held at National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) and Levy Mwanawasa Medical University (LMMU).
He pointed out that the second stanza unlike the first stanza, is practical which will be conducted in various Hospitals and Clinics which is the core business of Licensure examinations because it determines the health professionals’ quality of skills and abilities.
“Licensure examinations look at the overall picture, looking at health Professionals who are qualitative in nature, qualitative in skills, competent so that as they are attending to patients out there we should be very comfortable as a regulatory board that the person has been certified by us”, he said.
Mr Musonda stated that the Licensure examinations policy is a product of consented efforts from the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders which is anchored on skills and competences at a professional level.
He added that HCPZ will also conduct examinations in September this year so as to accommodate those who did not manage to write the current examinations.
Meanwhile, Milimo Hampela from Chikankata school of Biomedical Science has thanked HPCZ for the Licensure examinations saying this will ensure that unprofessional Health practitioners are wiped away.