With the theme, “Adding life to years”, the Nepal Physiotherapy Association in Kathmandu and its decentralized wings at Pokhara, Chitwan and Banepa celebrated World Physical Therapy day by conducting various awareness-raising and service delivery activities such as a rally and physiotherapy camps.
In Kathmandu a rally was organised carrying pamphlets that raise the importance of the profession in enhancing health outcomes and empowering the health system. About 100 working and student physiotherapists participated in the rally organised in the morning. The rally was converted to a formal programme after a two kilometre walk. The chief guest from disability prevention and rehabilitation sections (Dr. Madhab Prasad Lamsal), department of health service chaired the session of the programme. He discussed the importance of physical therapy on healthy ageing and also encouraged physiotherapists to keep on enhancing the health outcome of people.
Similarly, the president of the association (Nishchal Ratna Shakya) highlighted the availability and demand of physiotherapists in Nepal. On his note, he also raised the urgency of having more physiotherapists in the national health care system as its demand has exponentially increased after the devastating earthquakes in April and May 2015. Similarly, the speech of executive (Shamed Katila) and a student physical therapist from Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences, highlighted the importance of physiotherapy in all spheres of health.
The programme was captured by various online media and television, helping to spread the message on the importance of physiotherapy throughout the country.