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Deaf people sue three ministers

Kampala, Uganda | GODFREY SSALI | Three Government Ministers have been dragged to the Constitutional court for failure to provide sign language interpretation services to public and private Health facilities.

Initiative for Social and Economic Rights, The Uganda National Association of the Deaf, together two people with hearing impairments; Wasswa Ronald and Namusisi Josephine want the court to compel the three Ministers namely; the minister for Gender, Labour and Social Development,  the Health Minister and the minister for Education and Sports to ensure that the rights to privacy, equality, freedom from discrimination, and access to health information of the deaf in hospitals are observed and respected by providing qualified sign language interpreters.

They argue that people with hearing impairements find it heard to freely interact with health workers yet some are not sure whether their information will be treated with atmost decency, hence violating their right to health which is guaranteed by the constitution.

The Court Registry has received the Plaintiffs’case against the Attorney General who is yet to be summoned to respond on behalf of the said Ministers.

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