Recently, I got to know from a friend that a ban has been imposed on nurses at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), Karachi on wearing scarves during surgical operations. The administration has claimed that the ban is not due to religious reasons but for sterilisation purposes only. I, being a student of Dow Medical College, Karachi, have observed many surgical procedures. I have observed the precautions taken before surgery at Civil Hospital, Karachi too. And I have found the ban imposed by JPMC to be really absurd. Before every surgery, surgeons do sterilise their gowns, gloves and caps that they wear over their everyday clothes in order to prevent germs on their clothes from spreading on to the patient. If JPMC is so concerned about sterilisation, why can't it arrange for large, sterilised pieces of cloth for female nurses to wear over their scarves? If a surgeon can wear a gown over his clothes, why cannot a nurse do so over her scarf? The ban is highly illogical and disrespectful and needs to be withdrawn with immediate effect. -HAMNA HANIF, Karachi, via e-mail, March 10.