Do Muslim female doctors need disposable headscarves to be used in operation theaters? In other words, is there any market for disposable sterile hijabs in hospitals? Well, a junior Muslim doctor in the UK thought so while training at the Royal Derby Hospital. She expressed her fears that there may be an increased risk of infection due to her traditional hijab while working at the operation theater.
Muslim hijabs have become quite popular in the world lately. Many companies in different parts of the world have started offering various styles of hijab to cater to the varying needs of Muslim women. However, perhaps, the first time, we have heard about disposable sterile hijabs. By looking at the news published on www.bbc.com, it looks there could be a huge market for disposable sterile headscarves not only in the UK but also in other parts of the world.
There may be a huge market for disposable hijabs. But, before discussing the marketing aspect of the concept, let us get to the story first.
A junior Muslim doctor from Malaysia, Ms. Farah Roslan, seriously thought of a need for a disposable sterile hijab while training in a UK hospital. Her instructors told her that they had concerns about the infection her hijab might cause as she was wearing it throughout the day during her training sessions.
"I'd been using the same headscarf all day which wasn't clean and ideal," she told BBC Radio Derby.
"I didn't feel comfortable taking it off and I was pulled out from the theater, respectfully, due to infection control."
She said that the middle ground had to be found between "dress code due to her faith and the passion of being in the operation theater as a hardworking medical student. She solved the issue by designing a disposable headscarf. Her employer formally introduced this headscarf in the hospital she was working in early December. Now they plan to introduce it nationwide.
This looks like an interesting story of how a hijabi in the medical profession tried to solve this problem while fully meeting her religious obligations.
We expect some of our readers to think seriously about the potential of a disposable sterile headscarf. Hopefully, they can start manufacturing this kind of hijab. We are confident that they could sell these disposable headscarves to Muslim medical female professionals all over the world.