Health to train in sign language

2015-05-14 10:52
KZN Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo (The Witness)

KZN Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo (The Witness)

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HEALTH has received a R2,8 million donation to train some of its staff members in sign language.

This was announced yesterday as the MEC for Health Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo during his budget speech at the KZN Legislature.

He said the Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority (HWSTA) had provided the money to train 700 employees across KZN, which translates to R4 000 per employee.

Dhlomo said this was an important development and that once the training is done, there will be signs telling patients that sign language services were being offered in a particular hospital.

“The patient will see the sign and they will know that they could be assisted in there.”

Dhlomo said another milestone in his department included Durban’s McCord Hospital, which will now specialise as an eye-care centre.

Addressing corruption in Health, he said the department has recovered R2,9 million from employees who were moonlighting during working hours. He said over the last five years, they had finalised 498 cases of corruption. “I wish to send a strong message to all employees and service providers that we have a zero tolerance for fraud and corruption,” he said

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