The procession of physiotherapists, led by the Kenya Administration Police band, on their awareness-raising march.
The procession of physiotherapists, led by the Kenya Administration Police band, on their awareness-raising march.

March brings Nairobi to a standstill

A rally of physiotherapists marking World Physical Therapy Day brought the Kenyan capital Nairobi to a standstill. The procession, including representatives of the profession from Kenya, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan and Germany walked through the streets in a display of pomp and colour, accompanied by the band from the Kenya Administration Police.

The aim was to create public awareness regarding the importance of maintaining healthy lifestyles through physical activities, and physiotherapists’ expertise in this area. The procession of over 200 people was flagged off by the President of the Association of Professional Societies in East Africa, and followed through Nairobi’s busy main streets, bringing traffic to a standstill.

Before the procession, the Kenya Society of Physiotherapists held an international scientific conference in Nairobi from the 9th to 11th September 2009 at the All Saints Cathedral Conference Hall. The theme was “Enhancing good health through evidence based practice in the 21st century”, with research papers presented by physiotherapy scholars from around the world.

The society also held its Annual General Meeting, where outgoing officials Julius Nyagah (President) and Luiser Muange (Treasurer) were re-elected due to their outstanding service.