International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijll

Communication, Language and Healthcare Delivery: A Mutually Inclusive Relationship
Kate Ndukauba, Adaeze Ngozi Ohuoba

It is said that “a problem shared is a problem halved”. One in need of healthcare would need to speak and communicate with a healthcare worker in order to be properly diagnosed and treated. The healthcare worker would also need to effectively communicate prescriptions and medical advice for recovery to his patient. What happens when there is a breach in communication as a result of language barriers? Language and communication barriers in healthcare delivery can have fatal consequences and thus, cannot be in anyone’s interest. This article outlines to what degree, language and communication can affect healthcare delivery as observed in selected Health Centres in Obot Akara Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. It also exposes other barriers predominant in rural areas and their resultant effects on healthcare delivery. Following the identification of the problems, it proffers strategies to overcome the barriers.

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