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ODSG to consider sign language for accessible health services

By Fatima Muraina
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Ondo state government has indicated its readiness to give attention to sign language for adequate accessibility of sexual reproductive health services for special people in the state.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Abdulwahaab Adegbenro made this known in an interview with The Hope shortly after a Rally and Dialogue programme to commemorate the International sign language Day held at the School for the Hearing Impaired at the weekend in Akure, Ondo state.

Adegbenro, who also spoke at the event, promised to make case for special persons to be considered as vulnerable group to get free medical services in the health scheme newly put in place by the state government.

He stressed  the need to create a special ministry to take care of the special people so that thier special  needs could be addressed properly.

He observed the need to engage people that have the skills of sign language to ensure meeting the expected goal adding  that it was necessary to introduce it as a course from the secondary school to the university level so that they can be helped  out.

While appealing to   Nigerians to be careful and considerate not to put special people into problem, Adegbenro raised the importance of taking immunization seriously to avoid issues like measles which he said may affect the ears and the eyes to avoid such problems resulting to special disabilities.

Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mr. Alaba Adeyemi observed the need to collaborate with other stakeholders to meet the expected target.

He said the state has been doing a lot to make life easy and comfortable for the people.

Organizer of the programme and Chief Executive Officer of Kids and Teens, Mr. Martin Mary Falana  urged government to go back to the use of sign language in the broadcast media, hospitals, government agencies and parastatals for the benefit of the special children,

This  he opined will make them get access to everything and particularly in the sexual reproductive health sector.

According to him, there are hard cases of  sexual abuses on  the special persons but nobody is speaking or advocating for them.

Falana who pleaded  that more love be shown to the special people, called on philanthropists to help provide the children with some  things like provisions and food items to complement the free education giving by the state government.

He however   advised   the special  students to always report where they are not given required health facilities for government to take necessary steps.

 The Vice Principal of the school, Mr Leloh Andrew said that sign  language makes the students happier and having a sense of belonging because he said  there is ability in  disability.

Andrew appealed that government should engage the services of those who have skills in signs and language to meet the yearnings of the special people.

According to him, several of them are university graduates without employment who could as well serve as interpreters in government institutions.

Earlier, the Chairman of the occasion Mr . Akinwande Oniye advised that born with disability does not mean loosing all but could still become what they would become.

He urged people not to hide their special children but exposed them to  where they could get necessary assistance.

 Miss Yemisi Ademola, who is now a graduate  narrated her ordeal when she was sexually abused at the age of 19.

She said the special children have  ability and brain  to do all things and should be given equal rights as being enjoyed by others.

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