License of Sask. doctor who prescribed Ivermectin for COVID-19 to be suspended

Kayle Neis/Regina Leader-Post The front facade of the Integrated Wellness and Health Balance Center on Monday, April 17, 2023 in Regina. Dr. Tshipita Kabongo has been charged with unprofessional conduct relating to the following: he failed to know and/or follow the Policy on Complementary and Alternative Therapies when he prescribed Ivermectin for COVID-19.

Dr. Tshipita Kabongo faced two sets of charges relating to unprofessional conduct, brought by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan.

Brandon Harder

Regina Leader-Post

Regina doctor Tshipita Kabongo has admitted to unprofessional conduct in relation to two sets of charges brought against him by the oversight body for Saskatchewan physicians.

That’s according to Bryan Salte, associate registrar for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan (CPSS).

Kabongo had one such charge brought against him in March of 2023 in relation to his failing to know and/or follow the CPSS Policy on Complementary and Alternative Therapies when he prescribed Ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug, to treat COVID-19.

He also faced four additional professional charges, brought against him in March of 2024. Of those, three pertained to his work with specific patients, alleging he “failed to maintain the standard of practice of the profession,” while the fourth charge was in relation to billing for his services.

The 2024 charges also made reference to inappropriate prescription of Ivermectin, as well as cannabinoids, benzodiazepines, Vitamin B12, and supplements.

Charges brought by that oversight body are not criminal charges but pertain to conduct that does not comply with the rules that govern its members.

Salte advised, via email, that a hearing was held with regard to Kabongo’s matters in June, and a penalty was imposed on him.

With regard to penalty, the CPSS council decided Kabongo is to receive a written reprimand.

In addition, his licence is to be suspended for one month, starting Aug. 1, 2024.

He is to practice only under the supervision of “a duly qualified medical practitioner approved by the Registrar.”

“The requirement for supervision will continue until the Registrar concludes that Dr. Kabongo is no longer required to practise under supervision,” the council decision states.

The supervisor is to provide the CPSS with reports as to the status of Kabongo’s practice.

Kabongo is also directed to pay costs associated to the investigation and the hearing in the amount of $44,783.72. This amount is to be paid in 24 equal instalments, beginning August 1.

If he fails to pay these costs as required, his licence is to be suspended until he pays in full.

The latest CPSS decision on discipline is not the first the oversight body has made pertaining to Kabongo.

In March of 2016, he admitted he was guilty of unprofessional conduct relating to his excessively billing the Saskatchewan health-care system.

For that, he was fined $5,000 and ordered to pay costs associated with the investigation and hearing, in the amount of $11,425.82. He was also required to take an ethics program and a records keeping course. That was all in addition to an order that he repay $119,867.06 relating to inappropriate billing.

— with files from Pam Cowan