In Nigeria, 25 out of the 36 state chapters of the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy (NSP) organised activities to celebrate World Physical Therapy Day. Events included road walks, road shows, health screening, lecture series and media campaigns.
In Abuja there was a series of lectures on cancer awareness, which involved top management and clinical staff from the National Hospital, Abuja. The event was coordinated by the state chapter and the NSP’s national Vice President.
In Lagos, the Medical Director of the National Orthopaedic Hospital Igbobi launched a physical therapy road show. Top management staff, physical therapists, patients, students and other volunteers walked in convoy through the busy Western Avenue in Lagos. The participants were led by the NSP’s National Public Relations Officer, Chris Okafor, who addressed the public, commuters and market women in different Nigerian languages. He talked on the theme of Movement for Health and the need to keep fit and avoid sedentary lifestyles. There were also interviews in various Nigerian print and electronic media.
In Kano, a road walk was followed by an awareness seminar titled “The Role of Physiotherapy in the Management of Cancer”.
In Enugu there was an elaborate market place campaign on the prevention of lifestyle-related diseases including diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, stroke and obesity.
In Port Harcourt the day was celebrated flamboyantly by physical therapists, who welcomed the Registrar of the Medical Rehabilitation Board of Nigeria and the immediate past President of NSP as guests of honour.