Effie Mphande-Health Minister Sylvia Masebo is concerned with the mushrooming of training institutions for health personnel in the country.
Ms Masebo says some of the institutions lack basic infrastructure required to train personnel and that students are not being sent for clinical practice.
The Minister has directed staff in her Ministry to look into the matter.
She was speaking during her tour of St Paul’s Mission Hospital and School of Nursing in Nchelenge District in the Luapula Province.
Ms Masebo said she has received complaints from parents that their children who have enrolled for health courses are NOT doing clinical practice.
She said government will NOT allow training institutions to compromise the training of health care workers.
Ms Masebo said it is important that institutions ensure there is quality in the training of students because they will be dealing with human life.
The Minister wondered how some institutions can make medical students to only learn theory and NOT do clinical practice when the field is hands on.
She said the aim should be to produce quality students and NOT quantity.
And Ms Masebo said government will continue supporting mission hospitals.
The Minister has however, urged Mission Hospitals to make a full disclosure of financial support they are getting from their donors.
Earlier, St Paul’s Mission Hospital Medical Superintendent Luc Kamhavu said Zambia Medicines and Medical Supplies Agency is no longer supplying the facility with a number of essential drugs.
Dr. Kamhavu said the hospital is currently using the grant from government to buy medicines and that this has affected the other needs of the hospital.
Earlier, the Minister toured Kambwali and Nchelenge rural health centres.