Shoaib Hussain (right), who books interpretation service for ethnic minorities, poses for picture with Ali (not his real name), 44, from Pakistan. Ali, who suffers from heart issues and diabetes, came to Hong Kong in 1994 and finds it difficult to get interpretation service in hospitals. Photo: Nora Tam

Man from Pakistan spent almost 20 years unaware how sick he was – because he didn’t realise Hong Kong public hospitals provide interpreters

  • Many patients who know little English or Chinese are left in the dark about their diagnoses because they don’t know interpreters are available
  • A move to give patients the initiative in booking interpreters aims to make better use of the service, which hospital staff often decline to call on
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Shoaib Hussain (right), who books interpretation service for ethnic minorities, poses for picture with Ali (not his real name), 44, from Pakistan. Ali, who suffers from heart issues and diabetes, came to Hong Kong in 1994 and finds it difficult to get interpretation service in hospitals. Photo: Nora Tam
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