The Global Physiotherapy Day of Service (PTDOS) was debuted for the first time in Kwara State along with six other states after the seventh year it berthed in Nigeria.
The Global Physiotherapy Day of Service (PTDOS) is an annual event that aims to give back to the community, specifically focusing on individuals living with disabilities and creating more awareness about physiotherapy. This event embodies compassion, inclusivity, and empowerment for those who face unique challenges in their daily lives in order to make a lasting impact on the lives of individuals with disabilities.
Speaking at the first ever Paralympics event organized by Neurorehab Institute/Stroke&Spine Rehabilitation center (SSRC) in conjunction with National Association of Physiotherapy Students Unilorin Chapter, Project-Lead, Okenla Oluwatimileyin Samuel and Alonge Adeola Ewaoluwa (Co-Project Lead) who are both 400-Level students of the Physiotherapy Department of College of Health Science In University of Ilorin, said they believe in the importance of physiotherapy and its ability to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.
According to them, “By organizing this event, Our aim was to contribute, inspire ability and functionality amongst People with Disability (PWDs). We wanted to promote equal opportunities and empower PWDs to lead fulfilling lives, irrespective of their physical limitations.
Earlier Prof Rufai Yusuf Ahmad spoke on the importance of Physiotherapy to improve the well being of People With Disability, he also emphasized the need for physiotherapy practices in the Primary Health care in the grassroot where the service is needed most.
He said he is committed to the mandate to promote value oriented program that will help people with disability integrate properly into the society. He advocated PWD centered intervention programs that will carry them along and adequate data collation of people with disability for adequate planning and policy making.
The event highlighted Medical outreach, Musculoskeletal Assessment and Consultation Lead by the Chief Intern at Physiotherapy department UITH – Dr. Lawal AbdulWasiu (PT).
There was presentation of medals and certificates to players with disabilities, a photo frame was also presentated to the MRTBN Registrar by one of the guests, Mrs Joy Bolarin, Executive Director, Jibore Impeccable Foundation.
INN reports that sports such as wheelchair track racing and para basketball were introduced to display PWDs’ skills in these games. All participants of both 100M Wheelchair track racing event and Para-Basketball as well as members from the Jibore Impeccable foundation were given food palliatives and Pain-relief gels courtesy of Neurorehab Institute/SSRC and Ranbaxy Nigeria Limited (Volini Gel).
The event was graced by the presence of Mallam Bolakale Adisa Mogaji Executive Chairman Kwara Sports Commission and Mrs Bilikis Abolore Abdulkadir who had given their support during this event and at the planning stage
NAPS Unilorin Chapter main volunteers for this event were able to demonstrate their clinical skills during the Medical Outreach and their volunteering skills by cleaning the Indoor Arena.
The Paralympics event was a huge success courtesy of all of the sponsors and volunteers