The Department of Health (DOH) – Calabarzon recently conducted a basic Filipino Sign Language training for health workers in the region.
The training was aimed at increasing the knowledge of health workers on proper communication to patients with hearing impairments. A total of 60 health workers participated in the training, said Calabarzon.
“Basic Filipino Sign Language must be introduced and become an integral part of our healthcare system for the benefit of those who have difficulty hearing or speaking,” said Regional Director Eduardo Janairo.
“Health workers including primary care providers such as barangay health workers must have the basic skills in communicating and understanding the needs and concerns of these patients in order to provide them the proper treatment and care,” he added.
The participants were introduced to sign language alphabet, numbers, greetings, time, days, months, and common questions being asked in emergency rooms, and by using simple gestures, said Calabarzon.
“It is very important for health workers to be aware and educated with the basic FSL to be able to convey their messages and instructions on the services they render to their deaf patient,” said Janairo.