Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary for Technical Services, Lackson Kasonka, is disappointed that some chief nursing tutors have paid a blind eye to the indecent way that some nurses dress.
Professor Kasonka stated that the wearing of tight uniforms starts in nursing institutions and continues even in clinics and hospitals.
He said in Kabwe that a uniform is an important element of medical practice and that it is part of the curriculum and attributes which should be imparted in would-be nurses.
He noted that apparently, some of the nurses take their uniforms to tailors to make them tight so that they show all the contours of the body.
The Permanent Secretary castigated nurses who wear tight uniforms and said the conduct no longer inspires people to become nurses.
He said tight uniforms are offensive to the patients who respect their morals and would want to see decently dressed caregivers.
Prof. Kasonka explained that what is important for nurses is to ensure that the uniform is clean and not how it covers the body.
He said that the uniform should be flexible and make nurses be able to bend with ease.
He observed that most female nurses have decided to wear trousers because they fit more tightly while others say the white dress code is old-fashioned and have gone for scrubs.