Haia objects to feminization of pharmacies

Haia objects to feminization of pharmacies
Updated 15 March 2016

Haia objects to feminization of pharmacies

Haia objects to feminization of pharmacies

JEDDAH: The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) is opposing the feminization of pharmacies, according to the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI).
Ibrahim Al-Badawi, a member of the JCCI’s pharmacy committee, said Haia has objected even if there are barriers between men and women in the shop, and despite pharmacies in malls employing women.
Al-Badawi was quoted as saying by Okaz newspaper on Monday that the Haia requirement that some pharmacies be staffed only by women would cause severe losses for investors.
He claimed that about 500 women graduate from one college alone in the country. “There are 17 pharmacy colleges in the Kingdom, so where will these graduates work?”
Anas Zarie, a health and medicine adviser, said that the employment of women must conform with the requirements of the Ministry of Labor in terms of comfort and privacy.