Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Better service to come for deaf

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FAILURE OF HEALTH care facilities to provide sign language interpreters or others skilled in communicating with the deaf and hearing-impaired is making it difficult for people with that disability to be treated and cared for.
Operations manager of the Barbados Council for the Disabled (BCD) Roseanna Tudor made that point Friday.
She said that too often deaf people faced great communication barriers in a hospital setting, preventing them from receiving appropriate medical attention.
Tudor was speaking at the presentation ceremony for the Medical Emergency Sign Language Guide for the Deaf to personnel from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital at the BCD’s Harambee House office.  
    She said that recent situations in health care institutions prompted the need for steps to be taken to assist.

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