From IslamOnline, “Special Ward, Halal Food for Muslims in German Hospital,” with thanks to Two Stellas.
BERLIN — In an unprecedented step in the European country, a German hospital has set up a special ward for its Muslim patients to be treated by an all-Muslim medical team.
Betra hospital in the northwestern city of Hannover also intends to provide a prayer hall for the Muslim patients, the Islamic association Milli Gorus reported Tuesday, May 24, on its Web site.
“We are to respect the Muslims’ cultural values and understand their traditions,” said Dr. Axel DÃ¼senberg.
To guarantee the success of the experiment, the hospital has hired an entire team of Muslim doctors and nurses.
“It is very important to get acquainted with the Islamic culture and talk to the Muslim patients in their own language, especially those who don’t speak German, to guarantee accurate diagnoses,” said DÃ¼senberg.
Atela Telas, a Muslim doctor, said many Muslim patients are not comfortable receiving treatment at “ordinary” hospitals.
“Their poor language skills stand in the way of dealing with German-speaking doctors,” he noted…
It’s not that we’re doubting you, Dr. Telas, but do you really think poor language skills is what this is about? You don’t think it could have anything to do with Muslims thinking German doctors are “unclean” do you? We were just wondering.
There are some 3.4 million Muslims in the country, including 220,000 in Berlin alone.