The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) is opposing the feminization of pharmacies, the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) confirmed.
Haia has objected even if there are barriers between men and women in the shop, and despite pharmacies in malls employing women, Ibrahim Al-Badawi, a member of the JCCI’s pharmacy committee, said.
[sociallocker] 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. [/sociallocker]
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, in this connection said that the employment of women must conform with the requirements of the Ministry of Labor in terms of comfort and privacy. (Source: Amar Health)