By Ruth Choji
The country director of IPAS, Hauwa Shekaarau has urged the federal government to consider mainstreaming sign language interpreters not just of those who are hale and hearty but also for the health care needs of those with disability with particular focus on deaf women in every hospital.
The legal practitioner who stated this at the end of IPAS project dissemination meeting targeted at increasing access to reproductive health services for deaf women held in Abuja said, “What we have tried to show with this project is that, this is doable. Government can take the responsibility of mainstreaming this need”.
The director who said N8 million was expended on the project also stated that, Over the past year, IPAS Nigeria has been working with the Deaf Women Association of Nigeria (DWAN) and other hearing impede groups in Nigeria and that, the action led to a partnership with the Australian Aid to facilitate the availability of sign language interpreters within the health system to increase access to reproductive health and other health information and services for deaf women.
According to her, eight hospitals were selected for the pilot program in the FCT because they believe every woman has a right to safe reproductive health choices, including safe abortion care.