Nepal

The Dhulikhel Hospital, Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences in association with the Nepal Physiotherapy Association (NEPTA) celebrated World Physical Therapy Day 2013.The day was marked with even greater events than those held in previous years.

There were a series of activities for all, from children to the elderly, within the "Fit for the future" theme. In total, they had more than 700 participants, 50 volunteers and 30 organisers. Sixty distinguished guests from various places such as the ministry of health, health council, several embassies, NEPTA members and community leaders all took part in the day’s celebrations.

Highlights of the events held included:

  • health run
  • health cycling
  • wheelchair event for wheelchair bound individuals
  • brisk health walk for those with chronic illnesses and older people
  • speech and painting competition for school children on health and fitness
  • scientific session by various disciplines in medicine on the role of physical therapy (eg by medical doctor, surgeons, orthopaedics, paediatrician, gynaecologist and dentist)

Staff of the Dhulikhel Hospital, Kathmandu University also made a documentary about physiotherapy which was broadcast on Nepal television. The aim of the programme was to raise awareness of physiotherapy.