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GFDO urges sign language interpreters at health facilities

Teenage Boy And Girl Have Conversation Using Sign Language

The Women’s wing of the Ghana Federation of Disability Organisations (GFDO) has called on health facilities, especially the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH), to provide sign language interpreters services to ensure better care for people with hearing disabilities.

The lack of sign language interpreters at the hospitals affected people who are deaf and hard of hearing care, adding that employing such professionals would help bridge the communication gap between health workers and deaf people.

“Sign language interpreters were the lifeline of people with hearing disabilities and indicated that health facilities should hire their services as a basic necessity” said Madam Ayishatu Abubakari, Women’s wing President of Ghana Blind Union (GBU).

Madam Abubakari also appealed to the government to provide some members of the GBU to work at the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) to ensure better policies that address their interests.

She further appealed to the NHIA to help register and renew health insurance subscriptions of people with disabilities at their various centres.

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