In a Health Ministry initiative, a course was inaugurated for 50 haredi men to train as nurses in the coming academic year, and eventually be able to work in hospitals around the country.

The study-program, designed by the Tel Aviv- Jaffa Academic College, will be taught at a campus in Bnei Brak.

The course has received support from community rabbis and was initiated as part of plans to deal with the dearth of nurses in Israel.

Dr. Shoshana Riba, director of nursing at the Health Ministry and the architect of the scheme, told Israel HaYom that there was always demand from male patients to be treated by male nurses, and that the course would prepare the first ever batch of haredi men for the task.

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