Fathi Al Bana, head of the Nurses Union in Egypt, demanded that the television drama “Zuhra wa Azwajiha al Khams” be stopped and not be aired on the Egyptian television channel in addition to all other satellite channels due to the bad image it gives of nurses.
Al Bana stated that the role being played by the leading Egyptian actress Ghada Abd Al Riziq, which is that of a nurse that steals medicines from hospitals to sell in the black market gives a bad reputation to the profession of nursing, in addition to performing polygamy and going against all the teaching of Islam.
Al Bana also stated that the actions of Ghada in the first episodes were very demeaning for nurses and criticized the writer of the drama for not submitting the scenario to the Nurses Union to see if it is a suitable and appropriate one.
In addition, Al Bana revealed that there will be an emergency meeting to the board of directors to decide what actions the union will take against the drama for portraying such an inappropriate image of nurses.
Dr. Nihad Abd Al Salam, who is a professor at the International Nurses Academy said that nurses in Egypt suffer from numerous problems like low wages and the perception of nurses by society, which sees them as girls with bad reputations who try to seduce doctors and rich patients, an image created by the media and branded in the minds of people. Nihad added that this image that has been created has caused many families to forbid their daughters to become nurses fearing they will be looked down upon.