Fri. Sep 30th, 2022

The Association of Sign Language Interpreters of Nigeria (ASLIN), Kwara Chapter, has advocated for the integration of sign language into the medical curriculum and the involvement of sign interpreters in Nigerian hospitals.

Malam Ibrahim Owolabi, president of ASLIN-Kwara, made the call during an interview with the Nigerian News Agency on Thursday in Ilorin.

Owolabi explained that the deaf community is at a disadvantage when it comes to health issues.

According to him, communication barriers have always been a nightmare for hearing-impaired people, as they are unable to interact effectively with doctors.

He added that there is a need for sign language interpreters in the country’s hospitals, both in the primary, secondary and tertiary health system.

“The hearing impaired are unique unlike other people living with disabilities. They have the challenge of communication and this is a great challenge for their health.

“We need to make sure that we start doing something so that medical professionals can communicate with them, and this can be through sign language,” he said.

Also speaking to Mr. Julius Olaolu, from the University of Ilorin Center for Deaf Support Services, he added that there are big condition issues where a hearing impaired patient is unable to communicate with their carers.

Olaolu alleged cases of misdiagnosis leading to the death of hearing-impaired people, adding that as Nigerians, people …….


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