Various organisations of medical practitioners including the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Thursday strongly objected to the recent request of a group of female Muslim MBBS students here seeking permission to wear long-sleeve scrub jackets and surgical hoods in operation theatres.
The IMA said a patient is the most significant person in hospitals and operation theatres and the existing globally accepted protocol should be followed there without fail to ensure their safety.
Sharing similar views, the Kerala Government Medical Officers’ Association (KGMOA) said granting permission for such a request was not scientifically or ethically appropriate.
Dr Sulphi Noohu, IMA state president, said the association wanted to continue the existing practices and protocols. “Worldwide it is considered that a patient is the most significant person in hospitals and operation theatres. Certain internationally accepted protocols are being followed everywhere to ensure the safety of the patients and to protect them from getting infected,” he said.