Physiotherapists urged to create more awareness in society
Morung Express News
Dimapur | September 8
The Indian Association of Physiotherapists (IAP) Women Cell, Nagaland Branch in association with the Nagaland Physiotherapist Association (NPA) celebrated World Physiotherapy Day on September 8 at Don Bosco School, Dimapur premises under the themes, ‘Physiotherapy for Fit India and Exercise is the Best Medicine.’
Speaking at the programme, Dr Vikato Kinimi, Chief Medical Officer, Dimapur encouraged the physiotherapists to create more awareness in society and spread the message that even a normal person has to strive to remain normal and fit to avoid various sorts of disabilities.
He informed that the Urban Public Health Centres in the state were in the process of being renamed as Wellness Centres where the practice of yoga would also be advocated. “By renaming it, physiotherapists will also fit into most of the government sectors,” he said.
Dr. Vikato urged the physiotherapists to approach him if they were facing any issues so that he could highlight their problems to the government.
Another guest speaker, Geoffrey Yaden, Editor, Nagaland Post underscored the importance of physiotherapy in society, where comfort was much sought after with minimal physical exercises thus becoming victims of various diseases.
“Physiotherapists should reach out to people both in need and not in need of physiotherapy,” he said and added that people have become accustomed to sitting for prolonged hours both in homes and offices. Yaden also stressed on the importance of educating those in educational institutions that physical fitness was a must. He urged the physiotherapists to play their part in making the society aware about the importance of physiotherapy.
NPA President, Dr Tsukhumong (PT) informed that practicing physiotherapists in the state have to be registered both with IAP and NPA. He also talked about the need for job creation by the government for physiotherapists in every district. “Since physiotherapy sessions are time consuming, it is pertinent that every hospital has two physiotherapists,” he added.