1100 Healthcare Practitioners to graduate in Sign Language; major boost for healthcare service delivery

28 February 2018

Media Invitation

Dear Media Colleague,

You are cordially invited to attend the graduation ceremony of 1100 healthcare professionals who are now proficient in Sign Language, which takes place on Friday, 02 March 2018 at Addington Hospital’s Nurses’ Hall.

Sign language training has proven not only to be crucial for PROs and clerks in hospitals but for Doctors as well who have a duty to communicate practical health-related conditions (diagnosis and therapy) with their patients.

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health has provided training to a total of 1100 of its health care workers.

These are professionals in various categories, and they will be graduating on 2nd March 2018. They consist of: Medical Officers; Professional Nurses (OPD); Clinical Nurse Practitioners (PHC); Nursing Assistants; Public Relations Officers; Pharmacists and Pharmacy Assistants; Therapists; EMS personnel; Securities and porters; as well as, Admin Clerks and information desk people.

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo who is a qualified sign language practitioner himself, says direct communication between the healthcare worker and the patient helps to maintain and restore dignity as well as confidentiality as required by the Patient’s Rights Charter. The graduation ceremony will take place as follows:

  • Venue : Addington Hospital Nurses’ Hall (eThekwini)
  • Date: 02 March 2018
  • Time: 10:00 am

For clarity, please contact Desmond Motha @ 083 295 3901

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