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Muslim nursing student goes through harassment by Ghana Health Service staff because of her hijab

Religious discrimination in modern Ghana should be a worry because Ghana is not a single-religion country. So if a 21st century individual still propagates partiality based on religious grounds for his/her own selfish interest, then I’m sorry to say that Ghana still has a very long way to go. 

A Ghanaian Facebook user, Hassi Baniaz has narrated an ordeal one Muslim nursing student had to go through just to get a letter for her clinical attachment. And it was because she was wearing a hijab.

Read the full details of the ordeal below; 

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A muslim nursing student has been given a letter from her school to come and do her clinical attachment in Accra. She gets to the Regional Office of the Ghana Health Service  for endorsement and letter to take to her place of attachment only for her to be told to remove her HIJAB first before she is given her letter.  

She was in the company of other Muslim colleagues who removed theirs (COWARDS) but she stood her ground not to remove it and for that matter she was not given her letter.

I was informed and I made a call to the Ghana Health Service. I was directed to the Ministry of Health and they insisted there was nothing wrong with her wearing the hijab as it had been legalised for Muslim girls to wear it. So I went back with her to the regional office and  shamefully, up on seeing me with her, they pretended it was only a joke.  

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Fast forward she was not given the letter but was asked to go to her place of attachment with the excuse that her name had already been captured on the introductory letter. She got there and her name was not part.

This morning she went back to informed them about what had happened only for them to pull out the original letter and see that her name had been canceled on the letter supposedly by a secretary who started this whole issue. Why? because she insisted on her right as a Muslim? 

Violence is never the answer to anything but little things like this can make people angry. The constitution allows for freedom of religion and freedom of speech and frowns on the infringement of rights. 

Let us learn to respect each other. It is that SIMPLE.

And to my fellow Muslims, instead of channeling your energy in violence that will not bring any result, use that to support our young ones to grow and fill up certain top positions that will not allow things like this to happen. 

We should learn to level the playing field, if not worse prophesies will be pronounced and you can’t do FOKO. Educate yourselves and know that ISLAM is always for peace.


About Kwamina DEXTRO

I believe that everything in this world is possible. The question is “how can it be done?” I am a reserved individual who likes to research on diverse topics, so as to build my knowledge bank and I love to write.

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