By Sodiq Lawal
The Director of Nursing, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH), Mr Onini Victor, has allegedly queried three nurses for putting on trousers.
Osun Defender reports that the nurses, Mrs Olaleye Nihmat, Mrs Alimat Aminat and Mrs Olabanji were asked to remove their trousers and wear only a gown instead.
It was gathered that the nurses were chased out of the ward by the Chief Medical Doctor (CMD) of the teaching hospital on Tuesday and was warned seriously not to wear it again.
Report gathered revealed that the nurses were threatened that if they put on the trouser, they will be relieved of their duties.
One of the nurses who was among the victims, Mrs Olaleye Nihmat told our correspondent that, “It is in our law that we can put on a trouser and the nurse gown but we were surprised when we were called by the director to see him in the office. When we got to his office, he ordered us to remove our trousers or else, we will be fired.
“We said okay to him, and instantly ran to meet with the Muslim community. The Muslim community advised us to remove the trouser and promised to look into the matter.”
When asked why she preferred to use the trouser on duty, she stated that she wore it based on a police set forth by the Nursing Council of Nigeria’s policies, which states that nurses can wear either a nurse cap or shoulder length Hijab with the trouser.
When contacted for commentary, the Director of Nursing, said that the nurses are only permitted to wear a gown and a small Hijab not trouser.
Contrary to his claim, in a circular from Nursing & Midwifery Council Of Nigeria to the hospital authorities signed by the Secretary General, P. N. Ndatsu, and sent to all directors of nursing, their deputies, chief medical doctors, chief executives and principal, dated 11th February, 2002 with reference number N&MCN/CMF/721/1/3, section 2, and made available to our correspondent on Wednesday, it recommended that the nurses are permitted to wear a trouser and a gown with long sleeve.