The Zongo Development Minister, Mustapha Hamid, has expressed anger at the growing cases of discrimination against female Muslim nurses who wore hijabs in public health facilities across the country.
He said the constitution gives all citizens the right to profess and manifest the religion of their choice.
Addressing journalists at the 'Meet the Press' series in Accra, Tuesday, January 29, 2019, he warned health authorities and hospital administrators against such practices as it was unconstitutional
“I want the health authorities and administrators to tell me how else a Muslim woman manifests her ‘Islamness’ with the hijab? While the hijab is not a symbol of piety, it is a symbol of identity and identity is a manifestation,” he said.
The Minister said he had been receiving numerous complaints from female Muslim nurses from various health facilities across the country who say they are being harassed by their supervisors.
“They are complaining that their supervisors and senior nurses ask them to remove their hijab otherwise they should go home otherwise they cannot work as nurses,” the minister added.
He said President Akufo-Addo was very uncompromising as far as the integration was concerned and does not want discrimination of any sort especially on the basis of gender, religion or ethnicity, and will not take kindly to such treatment.
“I want people to know that the president has given me the mandate to protect the interest of Zongo people if those interests and rights are trampled upon...I am going to fight for those interest with my last breath,” he said.
The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Nsiah Asare, has maintained that government’s policy on the wearing of the hijab by Muslim nurses has not been reviewed, hence they must be allowed to wear them.
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