Female nurses who wish to wear Hijab at the Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta can now do so without any harassment or threat.

The right to wear hijab was granted at a congress of Midwife/Nurse which came up on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 in the hospital with the consent of the hospital’s management.

Before the congress, Alao had resumed to work putting on her hijab following intervention of the Aro Muslim Community and other islamic organisations.

Earlier, the provost of the hospital, Dr A. O Akinhanmi, had allegedly ordered a new staff of the hospital, Mutiat Alao, to remove her hijab, (Islamic head cover) or risk losing her job.

In what still puzzles the minds of many, the affected woman was one of the three female Muslims offered jobs out of the 29 nursing officers recently employed in the hospital since July 25, 2016. She has been prevented from fully resuming her duty post following her resolve not to remove her hijab.

The management was said to have compelled Muslim nurses to remove before they could resume their duty in the hospital.

Holding on to her religious injunction, Alao insisted that she would prefer to wear the hijab on her nursing uniform since the right to do so is guaranteed by the constitution of the country.

Meanwhile, hijab had since been backed by a circular issued by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria for practising nurses across the country.

According to the circular dated 11th February, 2002 with reference number NSMCN/CMF/191/1/3 with the heading “NURSES UNIFORM” reads: “Female nurses should wear either a Nurse cap or a shoulder-length hijab.”

The circular which was signed by the Secretary-general/Registrar, P.N Ndatsu, was also addressed to the Chief Medical Directors of University Teaching Hospitals, Federal Medical Centres and Specialists Hospitals.

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