THE Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ) has with immediate effect suspended the practicing certificate of medical doctor Asif Musa Ismail Patel for operating an illegal health facility.
In a joint statement, HPCZ registrar and chief executive officer Bwembya Bwalya and Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority director general Bernice Mwale stated that the decision to suspend the practicing certificate is in accordance with provisions of Section 19 of the health professions Act No. 24 of 2009.
They stated that Dr Patel had been attending to patients and providing conventional treatment at his residence situated in Emmasdale in Lusaka, a move that is contrary to Section 36 of the health professions Act which prohibits any person from operating a health facility without a licence.
The duo stated that Dr Patel has been cited for breaching the provisions of the medicines and allied substances Act of 2013 as it was established that Dr Patel contravened Sections 44 (l) of the Act which states that “A person shall not sell by retail or otherwise supply medicine in a place other than a pharmacy, health facility or an animal health facility, except with a written approval of the Authority” and section 58 (2) (d) failure to maintain records of medicines or allied substances.
“The cited health practitioner’s certificate No. HPCZ/101/3/19590 will remain suspended for a period of four (04) months pending further investigation and subsequent determination of the matter. Until the suspension of his practicing certificate, Dr Patel has been operating under the University Teaching Hospital’s Cancer Diseases Hospital,” they stated.
“HPCZ and ZAMRA would like to commend a whistle-blower who alerted the two regulatory bodies about the illegal operations of the above mentioned health practitioner. Members of the public are, therefore, urged to report all suspicious activities of similar nature to help safeguard life by ensuring that health services are accessed in established and recognised facilities.”