The Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ) has clarified that the introduction of licensure examination for health practitioners is meant to have competent and skilled health workers in the country.

HPCZ Senior Public Relations Officer Terry Musonda says the country needs skilled manpower which will serve the nation diligently.

Mr Musonda said this in an exclusive interview with the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Lusaka today.

He called on health students in training institutions to fully apply themselves in the practical oriented courses so they may acquire more skill in order to obtain the professional license to effectively perform in the industry.

Mr. Musonda explained that the Council is on a transformative agenda of ensuring that the medical industry is served with qualified and skilled personnel as it is one industry which is delicate.

“As a council it is necessary to assess the competence of various practitioners before they are given practicing licenses”, he said.

He added that the licensure examinations were introduced last year and has since received overwhelming response.

Mr. Musonda disclosed that the Council is set for the May examinations and appealed to students to apply themselves and take the opportunity to obtain the licenses.

He stated that there has been calls from the general public for the various health practitioners to be well equipped and skilled in various fields.

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