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Rajasthan's doctors told to learn sign language
Doctors in Rajasthan will be taught sign language to communicate with hearing and speech impaired patients. The health department of the state has issued directions that at least one doctor from each hospital with 50 or more beds capacity must undergo 15 days training to be able to communicate in sign language.
The experts in sign language teaching have engaged from an institute working with hearing and speech impaired people.

"It is good move to sensitise doctors towards differently abled people and learn to communicate in sign language. In fact, both in health and educational services the functionaries should be trained in sign language to move towards total communication. Sign language literacy should make compulsory for all the people working in the service sector," said Jaipur-based retired teacher Prabha Kishore.

Sign language is now a recognised medium of communicating thoughts and ideas through the facial expressions, hand shapes and finger alphabet and spellings of words.

Multilingualism of any language, learning of signed or spoken languages is good for the brain since it leads to enhancement of cognitive processes of humans along with promoting cultural awareness, I feel.

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