Jancy Mathews, a member of the Clinical Advisory Panel and Chief Nurse, National University Polyclinics (NUP), commented that staff may not be able to wear a personal tudung in areas where higher levels of cleanliness are required. She added institutions with aggressive or challenging patients will need to perform risk assessments on the suitability of wearing one.
Dr Norhisham Main, President, Muslim Healthcare Professionals Association and Head of Division & Senior Consultant, Supportive Care & Palliative Medicine, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH), elaborated that Singapore's climate is a factor to consider because of the heat and humidity in the work environment.
Nia Nasyitah Binte Zulkifli, Senior Radiographer, Radiology, NTFGH, explained that the healthcare industry pays closer attention to infection control because patients who visit hospitals may be vulnerable to infections. She added that the policy will help persuade some Muslim women to join the healthcare industry.
A/Prof Daniel Goh, National University Health System (NUHS) Group Director of Culture & Outreach and a member of the Implementation Steering Committee, commented that overall response for this move is favourable as it allows individuals the flexibility and option to decide whether to wear the tudung or not. He said the healthcare clusters, stakeholders, unions and uniform committees have been in talks with Ministry of Health (MOH) to discuss the guidelines since April this year.
Rohana Ismail, NUH Branch Union Secretary and Nurse Manager at NUH, shared she is happy with the move as the employees are given the choice to wear a tudung if they wish. She expressed hope that the move would open up opportunity to more people who are keen to join the healthcare sector.
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The Straits Times, 31 August 2021, Muslims welcome move to allow nurses to wear tudung
The New Paper, 31 August 2021, Muslims applaud move to allow nurses to wear the tudung
Lianhe Zaobao, 31 August 2021, 允许回教护士工作场所戴头巾 回理会表示感激 (Islamic Religious Council of Singapore appreciative of move to allow nurses to wear the tudung at work)
Lianhe Zaobao, 30 August 2021, 保健服务雇联会：护士诺选择戴头巾 须确保不影响工作(HSEU: If nurses choose to wear a tudung, they must ensure that they do not affect their work)
Berita Mediacorp, 30 August 2021, Boleh bertudung: MHPA anggap ini lambang masyarakat tempatan 'terbuka dan progresif'(MHPA considers move to allow nurses to wear the tudung “open and progressive”)