Thirty-five staff at the Winneba Government Hospital, have been trained as sign language interpreters to ensure effective communication with speech and hearing impairment patients.
At a ceremony to inaugurate the trained staff at the hospital on Wednesday, Dr. George Prah Medical Superintendent of the Hospital said the training was to comply with the Persons with Disability Act 2006 (Act 715).
He said the Act “directs service providers to the public to put in place the necessary facilities that makes the service available and accessible to persons with disability” including the deaf and dumb.
The Effutu Municipal Chief Executive, Nii Ephraim commended management of the Municipal Government Hospital for being the first health facility in the Central Region to initiate such a move.
The Chief Executive said the initiative was laudable and hoped management would ensure that the trained staff carry out their roles effectively.
Dr Luiz Amoussou-Gohoungo, Effutu Municipal Director of Ghana Health Services, also advised the trained staff to ensure that the training they had gone through helped the hospital and the patients.
Mr Emmanuel Kweku Sackey, President of the National Association of the Deaf, appealed to the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service and all healthcare institutions in the country to consider the plight of the physically challenged.
Mr Peter Kyeremateng, Acting Central Regional Director of Clinical Care Department, who deputized for the Regional Director of Health Services, expressed appreciation to the management of the Hospital for taking the plight of the deaf clients into consideration.
He urged other facilities in the Region to emulate the example of the Effutu Municipal Hospital.