Saudi Arabia: Women Only Hospitals, How Practical Are They?

According to a 15 October article which appeared in Arab News, one Saudi woman’s suggestion is gathering steam – construction and implementation of women only hospitals.  Those who are in favor of a women only hospital which would include an entire hospital whose complete staff is of women only site multiple reasons why such a facility is favorable.

At present many Saudi families look upon the medical profession for women, whether as a doctor, nurse, technician or administrative staff as an inappropriate place for women to work.  The medical sector is one of the few places of employment where unrelated men and women either have or have the inability to be in contact with one another.  As a result, many Saudi husbands, fathers and brothers are very wary of having their female relative exposed to such an environment, regardless of her background, professional qualifications or the need of gainful employment.

Conservative Saudi families also do not wish to have their female family member risked of being exposed to unrelated males even in the capacity as a patient.

The Saudis who share these views believe that women only hospitals are an excellent option whether as a potential place of employment or where their female relative can receive medical care without fear of exposure.

A women only hospital as proposed would be completely staffed by females which in turn would create a multitude of job openings and opportunities for women in Saudi Arabia.  Today’s Saudi society is requiring more females to go out and join the workforce in order for young couples and families to make ends meet.  Others see women only hospitals as excellent places of employment for Saudi divorcees and widows.

These reasons may sound solid and good yet are they practical reasons?  Wouldn’t female only hospitals be a step backwards for Saudi Arabia rather than a step forward?  At present most hospitals already have female only sections.  For example, National Guard Health Affairs has female wings and male wings which house patients.  Female wings are staffed and serviced by female nurses and male wings are staffed and serviced by male nurses.  National Guard Health Affairs has separate waiting areas for men and women.  There are separate pharmacies too in accordance to honoring segregation.  However medical staff, support staff and administrative staff may be mixed depending on capabilities and needs.

One aspect not addressed in the feasibility of a women only hospital are visitation rights.  Would male family members be able to come in and visit their female relative inside of a women only hospital?  Wouldn’t that in turn defeat the purpose of women only?  Can you imagine a Saudi son calmly agreeing to stay away from a hospital while his mother undergoes open heart surgery or some other critical procedure?  I don’t think so.  I don’t know if I would also want to limit my choices of who will take care of me based on their sex.  I would want care to be based on who is the best known in the field for which I needed medical attention.

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53 Responses

  1. I totally agree with you on this. But about your last comment, wouldn’t the same people who want female only hospitals find a way of arguing that the best expert to treat a woman would in fact be another woman? What I mean is, if someone is so set in that mindframe, I can see them thinking like that.

    Though you could then also have someone argue that there would be experts in all fields so there would always be someone available. Though I would want the expert, too, regardless of gender, nationality, height, weight, moustached or bearded vs. clean-shaven.

    I see it as a catch-22. Sure, some women (and men) would feel more comfortable but it would be a huge step back. Though dare I even suggest that someone, somewhere would find a way around the visitation rights conflict?

  2. There are those who would insist and demand that a woman could only treat other women and as you say, would likely state that a woman would have the best for that field as would a male patient with a male doctor.

    I also think that visitation conflicts would find a work around.

  3. The visitation issues are minor considerations.

    Practically, logistically, financially and professionally, an all- women hospital sounds like a big risk.

    I can see maintaining separate wards, while sharing facilities such as operating rooms, but to build entire hospitals just for women seems like a Pandora’s box. Imagine the cost of duplicating an already existing hospital.

    Imagine being a woman and having to travel thirty kilometers to the “women’s” hospital for treatment, when a “men’s” hospital is around the corner.

    Worse yet, imagine needing a certain type of surgery, and the men’s hospital– not the women’s– has doctors who are experienced in the procedure.

    A women’s hospital would end up like the women’s section of the mosque– small, crowded, uncomfortable, and away from the action.

  4. As you mentioned, American Bedu, the bottom line is the best doctor.
    To be totally frank, this is step backwards. In all the ME countries I have been to I have always gone to a male doctor. The best of best and that is it.
    I remember I was almost in tears about a problem I had and the doctor just told ‘we are all human’.
    Another thing. I was in a waiting room just the other day and there were Saudis there and they did not seem uncomfortable in mixed waiting room. It looked like they simply wanted to get great treatment over the ’causeway’

  5. I met some Saudi female doctors. They are so active. I visited one (Female only hospital) in area in Qasim. It was well designed and well prepared with full stuff from workers, doctors, nurses,…
    This is their choice. I respected this one. Provided patient got best management plan and care.

  6. Many Saudi’s will even go abroad for treatment. NO WHERE has segregated hospitals. Segregation is completely unnecessary and one of the main issues holding the country back.

  7. As I read the article, the question of visitation was immediately in my mind. I think the separate wings should be sufficient. Then there is the question of expertise and specialization which is individual and does not depend on gender–there would be times when I would want the very best doctor available.

  8. I understand the concept behind it but it’s definitely a step backward. I come from a conservative family in which the idea of females studying medicine in mixed environment or travelling alone was the unthinkable while we were growing up. Now my single sister goes to medical school on her own in England and will be working in a mixed clinic when she comes back. As stated earlier, limiting the choice to a female doctor who may not be the best at a certain profession is quite bizarre. We only have mixed hospitals in Jeddah and I hope it stays that way and everyone around me thinks it’s perfectly normal. Times are changing and there is no reason to placate those who refuse to catch up as quickly!

  9. I agree with the way Mahram detailed the disadvantages of a women only hospital.

    It would be a step backward.

    I’ve been thinking about my own work in Saudi hospitals. I do not recall having ever seen a female Saudi anesthesiologist for example.

  10. It would be wasting of resources and the hassle of finding additional women doctors will add to the woes of Management and patients; and it is sickening to think in terms of segregation every where and any where when it is quite obvious that such segregation was unheard of even during Prophet’s (PBUH) time and later times of first few Khalifa’s PBUT.

  11. Sex segregation is a product of a desert culture and a world in which the family was only important institution that could be trusted. It only works today because Saudis have allowed foreign males to be defined as sexless for the practical purposes. So, there are male drivers for women and male salesman of women’s clothing. It is time for Saudis to wake up to reality or move back to the seventh century for real.

  12. Jacey said, re: male doctors, “The best of best and that is it.”

    I beg to differ. I worked at KFSH for six years, and had occasion to work closely with both male and female doctors, Saudis and non-Saudis.

    I saw no superiority of the male doctors over the female doctors, not even in their own minds, and that was twenty years ago.

  13. Definitely a step backward. No other way of looking at it. I almost hear a statement like “we look after our women, they even have their own hospital”. Sounds good until you realize that the best (fill in the blank) specialist for this problem happens to be a man so she can’t be treated by him – or the woman lives hundreds of miles from the hospital … too bad, so sad.

  14. I agree with Arif that it is not practical and is sickening as he says it.

    It’s really paranoid.

  15. I think in KSA women are already covered up to the max so there isn’t a need for segregation. And, if the next generation grows up without segregation, they will learn how to behave around each other. My daughter and I were recently in the waiting room of a hospital in mixed company, and there weren’t any problems.

  16. Come on we already have one in Hasa Al-Nesa’ai Dispensary in Al-Najah st.

    I guess it is leading for more and more segregation between genders and widening the gaps that until 30-40 years ago non such gap exist where women work side by side with men until those fundamental extremest took the power and created a gap that only existed in the pre-Islam era

  17. Building Hospitals exclusively for females is a notion advocated by the hardline religious clerics in Saudi Arabia. This idea actually was initiated first by a very extremist hardline Saudi cleric who called for demolishing the Holy Mosque in Mecca and rebuilding it in a way that would insure Sex segregation. I would think that 99% of Saudi people have no problems with hospitals now. There is a rest room for females and another rest room for males in most hospitals although I do not like it because last time when I took my mum to the hospital, each 10 minute I go and check on my mum, I feel embarrassed because people are staring at me every time I go to the female rest room. The main problem in the mindset of Saudi officials or people is that they take the easy way to fix any problem. Their easy way is always to block anything that may cause a controversial issue among Saudi society. For example, instead of working to fix the core problem that faces Saudi female nurses such as sexual harassment or the negative stereotypes attached to female nurses’ profession, they go extreme in sex segregation. I know that it is a hard job to change the stereotypes and prevent sexual harassment but we must give it a try for good future of Saudi society. The problem is that Saudi officials go to the easiest way which is BLOCKING every thing without considering any promising solution. This way of fixing problems is only to cause frustration in the society. One of my nieces eagerly wanted to become a nurse and her father said No way. She came and spoke to me and said that her father refused to allow her to join the health college. I went and I spoke to her father, why do you reject that she joins the health college? He said that she may expose to sexual harassment and also no one is going to ask her hand for marriage in the future. I found myself silent and do not know what to say to him first because I know that these concerns are serious socially. I told him, so if you are sure that she will not be exposed to sexual harassment and her profession will not cause her any trouble to her marriage life in the future, you will agree that she joins the health college? He said of course and he just wants to protect her. I told him at the end, well, let her joins the college and do not make prejudgement now. We will see how things go later. We made hard efforts to make him accept that she joins the college and he said “if anything happens to her because of this nursing profession, you will be responsible in front of me” ): , so I am very concerned now and I do not know if I made something bad or good to my niece’s future life. Note, her father is not religious at all but he has social concerns and I am sure that her father represents the majority of Saudi fathers’ point of view.

    So, I would say instead of building hospitals that cost millions of dollars and step backward socially, why they do not stand against sexual harassment? Why the Islamic scholars do not stand against this negative stereotype towards nurses? The problem is that these hardline clerics are supporting sex segregation extremely in every aspect of life in Saudi and they do their best to create a social public opinion advocating extremely sex segregation, so they try to find more social excuses to fulfil their agenda by any costs, they do not care how much it costs and how much this step could affect the saudi society negatively. People should be aware that this is a step backward in Saudi society and it is against the social progress that Saudis made in the last 5 years.

  18. A hospital for women only sounds a bit complicated but what about a small clinic for those very minor ailments? I suppose they could use that as a trial test before the hospital.

    I don’t think we should only focus on the segregation issue here. I think one of the main goals for this hospital would be to generate jobs for Saudi women, which let’s face it, they need a lot of help in that area. They have so many qualified university students yet no job placements because they are women. Not to mention the widows and divorcees that could use this job opportunity too.

    I’m not a huge fan of segregation but it is a part of this culture and it doesn’t look like it’s changing anytime soon. I think the Saudi women should set up their hospital, fill those job placements first with their most qualified women and then tackle the segregation issue by (somehow) slowly allowing male colleagues. I don’t think males visiting would be as big of a problem as some think. They can simply schedule “family visits” within certain hours and be done with it. And for those concerned about women having to travel that extra mile to get to this new female only hospital; well that’s a matter of choice isn’t it? Women would still be allowed to go tho other hospitals. It’s not as if they’d be prevented from making the best decision in where to seek medical care.

    Seriously, not every issue can be tackled at once here in Saudi and the people here know that. I actually commend the women with the audacity to put this idea out there. It shows their initiative and assertiveness in this very corrupt mans world. Segregation is here to stay for a while, they know it, many hate it but some (at least with the hospital idea) are trying to make it work for them until things improve.

    I think we should be supporting these women, not belittling their efforts in saying that it would only hold them back. It’s their society, let them run with it and work things out the way they see fit.

  19. Carol, it would be lovely if your Saudi female readers shared their views on this!

  20. Medina, I feel for you, I really do and you make some excellent points.

    But I do not understand how you could say that this hospital would be a step back for your country. It could possibly help out your female cousin reach her goals, isn’t that enough for you? The clerics are not wont for changing their minds on things easily. So while you’re waiting for them to do the right thing by your society just what would you have your females to do? Wait even longer to live their lives?

    You have placed yourself under extreme family pressure now just to get your cousins foot in the door of a college (and then later ) hospital that her own father isn’t comfortable with. Had this female hospital already been opened things could have possibly been a bit more peaceful and your cousin could just get on with her life without worrying her father.

    I’m not saying I have all the answers here. I’m not Saudi, I don’t know the ins and outs of your society. I can only offer a female perspective and say that if I were in some of these ladies shoes I would take this chance with the hospital and see if some good could possibly come from it. I say they should take this opportunity to further their careers and then tackle the segregation issue later.

    I wish your cousin the very best of luck with her studies in Health college and pray Allah gives her a medical career she will be happy with. Ameen.

  21. Sorry Medina I meant to write your “niece” not your “cousin”.

  22. It is amazing how the clerics and their like minded brainless creatures resembling homo sapiens find one or another way of going back 10 years every day! If only they would not manioulate the religion to their own ends and the people would study the religion on their own, such nonsensical issues would not crop up. Were muslims females not nursing to the injured even in Ghazwas? Were they (Allah forbid) doing haram?

    All the religion means to these idiots is ensuring gender segregation as anything else is not in their knowledge. That is why you cannot even discuss anything with them. I read the comments/concerns about male visitors to the hospitals. But let us get to the fundamentals. How will the women come to the women only hospitals? Drive?

    Reminds me of that lady who was murdered, as I take it, in Qasseem, who died while the emergency medical staff was stopped from going in because the patient(?) was a woman living in a women’s hostel and the ambulance was being driven by a male driver!!

    Till when will these bigots manipulate the religion to their own advantage?

  23. Saudi women have been working in hospitals for decades. It would be a HUGE step backward.

  24. Women who are uncomfortable with male doctors choose to go to female ones. Most if not all of the nurses are female. It is actually pretty easy to get all female care. This is about clerics not wanting the hospital staff to get to know each other. I hope society won’t enable that sort of sick thinking. These clerics over sexualize everhthing. It makes me wonder if they ever think about anything else.

    How would an all female hospital work when a woman can’t get any treatment without the authorization of her male guardian? Is he allowed to come in and converse with the all female staff? Cause as it is now, a woman cannot authorize her own treatment.

  25. […] At least 20 Saudi medical doctors wanted to show the world what kind of ignorant idiots they are, so they went and joined an ongoing campaign calling for special government hospitals for women in order to prevent mixing of genders. Carol Fleming, who worked for hospitals in Riyadh, comments. […]

  26. I remember when working at a medical college that many female students would apply for admission to the College of Medicine. After decisions were made on which students were accepted and then notifications began, it was not unusual for more than half of the women who were accepted to back out due to lack of permission from the male mahrem or family pressure in general. This was not only due to the profession of interest but the college had some classes and programs which did not practice segregation.

  27. OMG!!! I really dont get this! why does gender seggregation upset people. Why not just accept it like u accept love lust and sex. There are women lots of them actually who prefer to be poked and probed by females rather than males. No matter the expertise, a patients comfort level with the doctor is more important how the hell will a doc diagnose if the patient clams up just at he sight of the doctor? This shyness among females exists in all countries and cultures. instead of taking the wrong blinkered approach I wish people think pragmatically and help women get treatment in a place where they feel at ease and can open up to being diagnosed correctly.

  28. @anebu,
    Thanks for your kind words and I really appreciate them and I fully get your point. I say it is a step backward for some reasons. First, hospitals and malls are the only places I can say that have no sex segregation policy till now and people have no problems at all with it. Second, Hospitals with no sex segregation represent a culture that goes back to hundreds of years in Saudi. I believe that Hospitals are the cornerstone of departure from sex segregation to a modern society or vice versa. If we lose the non sex segregation culture at the hospitals, and apply sex segregation policy in hospitals, this means we step backward decades of time. Making hospitals for women only will be a paradigm shift in the Saudi culture for more extreme sex segregation. Third, the problem is that hardline clerics will never stop and they will ask for building malls only for females and the list goes up. And you will find the Saudi society divided because of this sex segregation. So, I understand that if we build hospitals only for women, this step will open new job vacancies for “maybe” Saudi female nurses but it is also not practical for some reasons. Most of the Saudi women need their male relatives to go with them to the hospitals, and also women can not drive. Am I allowed to enter the hospital if I take my mum there, especially; my mum needs that I take care of her? I say let us work the vice versa, let us ask the Islamic scholars to work against this sex segregation and create a friendly family atmosphere in the Saudi society instead of taking the society to an extreme movement. Thanks for your prayers for my and may Allah bless you. Ameen

  29. What about, for example, when my son was two and had pneumonia? Male pediatrician, female nurses. Female mother, male father. How do all these people come together to take care of this patient? A female hospital? So the boy childs father can’t come in and discuss treatment plans etc, or keep his child company? Especially since he has to approve it.

    A male hospital? Not enough male nurses and Mother is excluded?

    Sorry the rights of the patient are higher than those of misogynistic, backward people. A child has the right to both parents and the best medical treatment those parents can manage.

    Some people will be left behind no matter which way it goes. Far better that individuals get left behind than whole systems are set up to put most people behind. At least with one, those left behind might someday catch up.

  30. Now let us not exaggerate it!

    Having a women only hospital is not going back decades – that is ridiculous. In what way? It is not like it will be the ONLY hospital in the country. If women want to visit such a one, they can do so. Meanwhile there are many other mixed hospitals one can go to.

    Even now hospitals have separate places for women’s issues dealing with pregnancies and things. Men are not allowed to enter here. They wait in outside waiting area while women go in for consulations.

    Besides it is not fair to lay the blame on clerics and hardliners alone. There is actually a demand for a women only hospital where as Saudi woman started a campaign on Facebook.

    http://www.arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article161179.ece

    If this was done in the West, no one will say it is going back decades but it will be labeled as “empowering the women” and recieving all kinds of praises: enabling women to fend for themselves, giving them jobs, allowing them to make ends meet, especially for single moms or widows; such a project will also be seen as something to bring the status of women up and be seen as them being capable and on par with men. Encouraging girls who want to be nurses but not so comfotrtable working with men.

    But not in Saudi – in Saudi, it is going decades back!

    There are already women only medical centers in the west.

    http://www.detnews.com/article/20090226/BIZ/902260401/Hospital-builds-unit-for-women
    http://www.hutzel.org/hutzel/

    And there is “Women Caring for Women” organsation. The founder of this organsations, Liz Russo, says:

    “About four years ago, a group of us at the Community Hospital at Dobbs Ferry realized a ‘Women only’ practice was feasible. We thought medical care for women by women was an idea that had multi-generation appeal”.

    And the Senior VP of patient care services at Community Hospital, Cheryl Burke, says:

    “A couple of things happened at the hospital that led to the opening of the Women Caring for Women practice. We noticed that the hospital kept getting requests for female physicians. And it seemed that certain women age 14 to 80 were just more comfortable with a woman physician. And women in their 30’s and 40’s who talked to me felt women doctors were more familiar with things that concerned them, like perimenopause, which are signs of menopause at a young age. Women kept telling me they ‘haven’t had an exam for years, but I think a woman doctor would know how I feel”.

    And in India Muslim women flock to all women’s hospital.
    http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/B559931.htm

    I believe there is one in Abu Dhabi too.

    It is not only in Saudi.

  31. I’m going to comment from the end of the medical professional, what about those of us who specialize in areas predominantly affecting the other genders, so a male gynec and female urologist have to go back to school ???

    This is a dumb idea, we see medicine as a whole. not a piece meal thing, a doctor has to train in basic medicine -ALL basic medicine, affectine th ecare of both sexes and then specialize in your area of interest and expertice and strength , so thins might work for common fields but not all fields..

    From a medical professional view this could work in a clinic type environment but on a large scale is a bit tough to implement and a waste of resources, we could have women sections in a hospitals and predominantly have women drs attend femal patients but total isolation is never a good thing

  32. Women only hospitals? Open a history book and read about “White” “Colored” in the American south. Not a good idea for race, gender or religion. Islam really has to give the 21st century a try – or even the 20th.

  33. I think it’s a stupid idea alone rom the conomic perspective. And looking at the effect the Saudi gender apartheit has on it’s segregated schools, with the girls schools vastly inferior to the boys schools, I am quite sure that except from one or two show hospitals for the rich women, the women’s hospitals will be vastly inferior to the men’s hospitals.

    Sandy also asked the question which immediately sprung up in my mind: *How would an all female hospital work when a woman can’t get any treatment without the authorization of her male guardian? Is he allowed to come in and converse with the all female staff? Cause as it is now, a woman cannot authorize her own treatment.*

    And I loved Medina’s comment.
    Medina, I sincerely hope your niece will not have to suffer any harassment in the noble profession she has chosen, maybe this will actually weed out the worthless suitors and enhance her chance for a really good man. If she wants to get married. Not all women want to get married.

  34. @sarahmd – that hosp is a first line treatment center (in india), women use that also to learn about family planning unknown to their menfolk :-) it’s not a speciality center and has v little facilities, but yes a smaller clinic would work, i’m a bit skeptical about full fledged hosp thogh.

  35. Radha
    Many women do feel comfortable and more relaxed with female doctors but I agree that it would not feasiable if its strictly and only females. To be managed by, run by, staffed by all women – is possible but not to be keeping it no-men zone.

    For instance, when I was in the ladies wing of the medical center, the air condition stopped working, so they had to call in the male technicians to see to it.

    I think all-women hospital would be good but with flexibilty. Allow men when there a need.

  36. You said: (I’ve been thinking about my own work in Saudi hospitals. I do not recall having ever seen a female Saudi anesthesiologist for example.)
    How it comes you did not find Anasethia female doctors in KSA?
    I was treated in KFHRC. One of my children was Opertaed and followed in SA. KSA has famous anasethia and surgery even cardiothoracic surgery female doctors.
    It seems that you are not Saudi or you do not visit KSA.
    PLS, be sure before spreading news.

  37. @Hessa – I think my words were clear…I did not see a female anesthesiologist in my time and experience. I’m glad to hear that is otherwise from you.

    I think it is presumptuous of you to jump right in and remark that based on my comment of my experience that I’ve never visited KSA!

  38. Thanks aafke, your wishes are highly appreciated.

  39. […] Bedu discusses the idea of female-only hospitals in Saudi Arabia. Read the blog post and the numerous comments on […]

  40. Maybe you should attempt to join the 14th century

  41. What’s wrong with you people? I don’t agree with every tiny thing in Saudi Arabia, but this is how it should be EVERYWHERE in the world.

    Just because most countries’ citizens have lost any shred of decency and modesty long ago doesn’t mean great and necessary ideas like this are “backwards”. That’s ludicrous, and I would happily support it monetarily.

    Why are all of you against decency, respect and privacy?

    If anything, you should be applauding them and debating about how to make the details work and make it a high-quality hospital, not denigrating people that obviously have much better principles than most of you people posting comments here.

    All of you ‘progressive’ degenerates on here speaking negatively about the proposed hospital should be ashamed of yourselves.

  42. I am not ashamed at all. There is nothing “decent, respectful or modest” about reducing women to second class entities, and sexually objectifying them to the point that they can’t get around in the world.

  43. Naraj, they cry when women are refused cashier jobs and they cry when women are empowered by having their own hospital.

    Now we understand what they are really crying about!

  44. Yes, we are crying about the men making all the decisions for the women- always marginalizing them.

    Empowered to have their own hospital? Would it be of the same quality as the crappy old university facilities they give the women, rather than what they give the men? We know all about the “separate but equal” nonsense Saudi dishes out.

    I sure wish that instead of being tribal/Patriarchal, Saudi could at least be Islamic. I guess for now we’ll have to make do with the West being the best Islamic society- you’d think that would shame them into treating their women better.

  45. Sandy,
    I had heard that there are plans for a new all-women’s university facility to be opened by 2011?

  46. @Strangeone,
    Your point? Public or private? Will it be comparable to what the men have? Same types of majors and facilities? Same quality of staff?

  47. […] all-women hospital is not a new suggestion.  It had been proposed in 2010 and I had written my views at that time […]

  48. I am a 5th year medical student and if given a chance I would love to work exclusively for women InshaAllah. As a medical student , i have realized that female patients are willing to be treated by female doctors .In conditions like breast cancers , carcinoma cervix ,haemorroids, skin diseases ….the list continues.It is a matter of ones modesty and choice.So its not at all a step backwards rather a step forwards for women empowerment . May Allah taala help them in their endeavor. Ameen

  49. Hi.
    The above topic discussion on women only hospital seems very useful and meaning.
    As i am planning a project on the same field which comprise only diagnosis (labs)around 10major cities in INDIA.
    Only Muslims Can think a women only hospital as their religion restrict mingling of sex in public as well as privat.Their SHERIA (LAWs)are ment for safe living even a minute leakage Islam prohibits i think.So they are So strick with them for a good HEALTHy family life. .
    BUT by laws of Islam if a female doctor/diagnoser is rare or hard to find it allows male practice…! For example, for a orthopediac patient Who need attention find hard for a lady doctor, in this case its not wrong to go a male surgeon or doctor.
    BUT nowadays people dont care these things and have a passion to get treated or cared by opposite sex .This bad intention by heart only PROHIBITED BY THE LAWS OF ISLAM I THINK.
    A lady patient Who needs dental care and if nearby lady doctor is available.and if she dont care it will be punishable the by Islamic laws not here but here afterlife.As the ALLMIGHTY CREATOR BETTER KNOWS OUR HEART AS HE CREATED IT . A MANUFACTURE KNOWS THE WEAKNESS OF ITS PRODUCT.

  50. if hospitals respect physical privacy of female patients and protect atleast their private parts from getting exposed in front of males than islam teaches there is no harm in visiting a male doctor. but sadly male doctors never care about the mental and psychic nature of their female patients and consider them as shameless animals.

  51. ypu are very correct sajith

  52. building an allfemale hospital is definately a step ahead in provoding more satisfied health care and prevent them from getting treated as shameless fellows by male staff

  53. I worked in two of the largest hospitals in Riyadh. I’ve heard a lot of differing remarks about health care and female care but thankfully never heard of women as being treated as shameless.

    On Wed, Dec 26, 2012 at 2:26 PM, American Bedu

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