FCTA urged to re­store sign lan­guage in­ter­preters to hospi­tals

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Vic­to­ria Onehi

The Chair­per­son, Abuja Chap­ter of the Deaf Women As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (DWAN) Mrs Hellen Beyioku-Alase has urged the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FCTA) to re­store sign lan­guage in­ter­preters to hospi­tals in the ter­ri­tory.

She said the restora­tion of the in­ter­preters would en­hance ser­vice de­liv­ery.

Mrs Hellen Beyioku-Alase who spoke at the 5th edi­tion of Deaf Women Health Aware­ness week as well as 2018 In­ter­na­tional Day for Per­sons with Dis­abil­i­ties in Abuja yes­ter­day said the restora­tion of the in­ter­preters would en­hance ef­fi­cient ser­vice de­liv­ery.

“The sign lan­guage in­ter­preter’s ser­vices in six se­lected gov­ern­ment hospi­tals in the FCT which had been help­ful to the deaf com­mu­nity have stopped since last year,” she said.

She ap­pealed to the sec­re­tary of the Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Sec­re­tariat to make pro­vi­sion of sign lan­guage in­ter­preters in hospi­tals avail­able for the deaf women so that they can fully ben­e­fit from the uni­ver­sal health cov­er­age across FCT like other women with­out dis­abil­i­ties.

In her key note ad­dress, the Coun­try Di­rec­tor of IPAS Nige­ria, Bar­ris­ter Hauwa Sheka­rau said gov­ern­ment has failed to pro­mote poli­cies that fa­cil­i­tate ef­fi­cient sex­ual and re­pro­duc­tive ser­vice de­liv­ery most es­pe­cially for deaf women and girls.

“Women with dis­abil­i­ties in Nige­ria face numer­ous chal­lenges in ac­cess­ing sex­ual and re­pro­duc­tive health ser­vices .This in­cludes range of vi­o­la­tions of their sex­ual and re­pro­duc­tive rights. Every­one’s needs must be con­sid­ered, val­ued, and favoured equally ir­re­spec­tive of their phys­i­cal abil­i­ties or dis­abil­i­ties to en­sure so­cial in­clu­sion in the so­ci­ety,” she said.

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