Forty-nine health workers from 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, Frederick Nyankah, told a national Daily that the course was to help equip the employees to break the language barrier for clients with speech challenges to be able to serve them better.
He said currently, the hospital has only one nurse who could communicate in the sign language.
This, he noted, poses a great challenge.
He said the course was to get many more paramedics to be able to communicate with clients and ensure that the right services are given them.
A beneficiary of the course, Dr Jennifer Kwawukume, said it is important that the care giver and clients communicate without barriers to ensure improved delivery of services.