The Executive Director of the Deaf Women Aloud Initiative (DWAI), Mrs Helen Udoye Baylolu-Alase has opined that the recognition and promotion of sign language to gain access to quality sexual and reproductive health information for deaf women are not only relevant but imperative.
According to her, this is to actualized the vision of the FCT Abuja administration for equitable health care for all people in FCT.
She stated this in her speech during the Deaf Women Association of Nigeria (DWAN) Abuja Chapter & Deaf Women Aloud Initiative launching of Basic Health Sign Language workshop & Orientation Training for Health Practitioners in partnership with FCT Health & Human Services Secretariat in Abuja on the 23rd July 2019.
The Chairman who said the purpose of the training is to ensure deaf women and girls have access universal health care and maternity services in line with UNCRDP (Art 9; 25), adding that the training was supported by US Embassy.
Mrs Helen Udoye mentioned that the aimed is also to provide basic health sign-language training for the health practitioners to ensure that deaf women and girls who visit health facilities are prepared as well as improve their service delivery within the hospitals.
“Our special thanks goes to the office of the Executive Secretary, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr. Matthew Ashikeni, Mr. Lawrence Idemudia, Mrs. Bukky Afeez and our GOR & partner from US Embassy, health Practitioners, interpreters, and Medias who have taken time out of their busy schedules to be part of this auspicious occasion.
“To our friends and partners reading this, We want you to know that we are greatly encouraged and deeply motivated to keep our hopes alive, knowing well that we are not by ourselves in this quest for a better life for Deaf women and girls Nigeria” She said.