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C/R: Health workers learn sign language



Some of the participants during the training

Forty-nine health workers from various health facilities in the Central Region are undergoing a three-week sign language course at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital (CCTH).

The participants, including doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians, administrative staff, midwives and some teachers from nursing training institutions are being trained in basic sign language to enable them to offer quality services to clients with speech challenges.

The Public Relations Officer of the CCTH, Mr Frederick Nyankah, told the Daily Graphic that the course was to help equip the employees to break the language barriers for clients with speech challenges to be able to serve them better.

He said currently, the CCTH had only one nurse who could communicate effectively in the sign language.

This, he noted, posed a great challenge to delivering services to clients with speech challenges.

 “Even when she is off duty, she has to be called to work because she is the only person who can effectively sign,” he stated.

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He said the course was to get many more paramedics to be able to communicate with clients and ensure that the right services were given them.



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