Government reduces registration fees for health professionals in Zambia

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HEALTH professionals will now face less financial burdens as the government has announced a reduction in registration fees payable to the Health Professional Council of Zambia (HPCZ).

Minister of Health, Sylvia Masebo, revealed the changes during a press briefing, highlighting the signing of Statutory Instrument No. 21 of 2024 as a pivotal step in reducing costs for health practitioners and facilities.

Under the new statutory instrument, licence fees for diploma holders have been reduced from K520 per annum to K468.

Additionally, fees for foreign health professionals have been slashed from K3000 to K1500 per annum.

This initiative comes in response to President Hakainde Hichilema’s directive to lower the cost of doing business in Zambia and is part of broader efforts to support the healthcare sector.

Masebo emphasised that the fee reductions are designed to provide relief to health practitioners, existing health facilities, and those planning to establish new health facilities.

“By reducing the financial burden on healthcare professionals, the government aims to foster an environment where the primary mission of providing high-quality care to patients can be the main focus,” she stated.

The minister also noted that the reduction in fees is expected to enhance compliance with healthcare standards, as practitioners and facilities will be more inclined to maintain valid practicing certificates.

“This, in turn, will contribute to the overall improvement of healthcare services in the country” Masebo added

“This government’s commitment to supporting the healthcare sector is evident in these recent changes, with the well-being of the population being a top priority.”

She further encouraged health professionals across the country to take advantage of the reduced fees and ensure their certification is up-to-date.

By Elesani Phiri

Kalemba May 23, 2024

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