The Nepal Physiotherapy Association celebrated World Physical Therapy Day with a rally to raise public awareness of the profession and then a workshop on "Challenges and opportunities for physiotherapy in Nepal". More than 150 physiotherapists took part.
At the workshop, which was inaugurated by the state Minister of Health and Population, physiotherapists discussed the need for physiotherapy departments in all the hospitals in the 75 districts of Nepal, and considered lobbying the government to provide physiotherapy in government hospitals. The minister was asked to note this, and take the message back to the ministry of health.
Also attending were the Director of the Heart Foundation and the Director of the General Hospital, one of the largest government hospitals in Nepal. They were told that physiotherapists not only treat musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, and that their expertise in prescribing exercise could promote global health by preventing diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
There was a press conference after the workshop, and the programme ended with a presentation about the scope and practice of physiotherapy in Nepal.