HPCZ discontinues illegal programmes at Conquerous Institute in Solwezi

The Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ) has with immediate effect discontinued training in Environmental Health and Clinical Medicine at Conquerous Institute- The Institute of Health Sciences in Solwezi, North-western Province upon discovering that the Institution was offering the two programmes illegally.
HPCZ received an alert that Conquerous Institute had enrolled students in Environmental Health and Clinical Medicine without Approval Certificates from the regulatory body. An advert was also placed on social media inviting students to apply for enrolment in the same programmes.
At the time of the HPCZ inspection, students were already out for internship while the Institution continued selling application forms to more prospective students in the abovementioned programmes for the January 2020 intake. The Council has since directed that the students be recalled from internship and all payments made for tuition or enrolment be refunded.
HPCZ further wishes to warn Internship Sites against admitting students from Conquerous Institute in the cited illegal programmes.
Apart from illegally offering medical sciences, some of the irregularities discovered at the Institution were:
– Enrolment of students without Grade Twelve Certificates. The Institution, through an advert encouraged students to pursue medical courses while rewriting grade twelve. A register revealed one student pursuing Environmental Health with a credit in Civic Education but failed all other subjects
– The Institution did not have proper infrastructure for training health programmes, i.e did not have a library, proper classrooms and laboratory
– The Institution had no running water, a situation that could pose health risks for the students and staff.
HPCZ has discontinued training in Environmental Health and Clinical Medicine at Conquerous Institute in accordance with Section 32 of the Health Professions Act No. 24 of 2009 of the Laws of Zambia.
Students and the general public are urged to be alert by checking with the Health Professions Council of Zambia that a Training Institution offering Health Programmes has a valid Approval Certificate, before going ahead to enrol.
Issued by:
Mr. Bwembya Bwalya

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