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Press Statement: Ban on Hijab for Nurses in JUTH
Date Posted: 22/May/2019
This is to bring to the knowledge of the authorities concerned about an unhealthy development at the University of Jos Teaching Hospital (JUTH).
 
This has to do with the recent BAN OF SHOULDER SIZE HIJAB FOR MUSLIM NURSES/STUDENTS IN JUTH which is a direct onslaught on freedom of worship as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution.
 
The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has approved a shoulder size hijab for all nurses across the federation, but sadly, the Department of Nursing, JUTH has insisted on banning the hijab totally.
 
Staff were made to choose between the hijab or their Jobs. Some had  to comply because they need the job to survive, to earn income, to support their families and most importantly to even have the right frame of mind to worship.
 
But there is minimum standard for the Muslim woman to worship and one of this is the privacy of her body which covered by the hijab.
 
The stringent measure in JUTH has made it practically impossible for many Muslim nurses to benefit from the opportunity of working there, despite the fact that they have the requisite qualification. Their only offence is that they don’t want to pull down their hijab.
Students nurses on training at the hospital have been told to use their natural hair or wig to cover the hijab. They have been denied partaking in trainings except without their hijab presently.
 
JUTH is a Federal Government organization. Why the discrimination?
 
Something has to be done. Right to practice religion of choice is a right for all. We have written to the management of JUTH on this but not action has been taken yet. Please, someone should assist the Muslim Nurse.

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