Skilled decries lack of job alternatives for physiotherapists in Nigeria


Angela Onwuzoo

A Senior Lecturer, Division of Physiotherapy, School of Medication, College of Lagos, Dr. Chris Okafor, has decried the dearth of job alternatives for physiotherapists within the nation.

In response to Okafor, whereas some basic hospitals don’t have a single physiotherapist, some tertiary amenities have just a few.

The absence of the required variety of physiotherapists in Nigerian hospitals, he mentioned, is exposing sufferers who want bodily remedy to quacks.

Talking with PUNCH HealthWise in an interview, Dr. Okafor, who’s a physiotherapist famous that sure well being circumstances are completely managed by physiotherapists.

He careworn that physiotherapists needs to be accorded their rightful place as stakeholders within the well being sector in Nigeria, noting that they contribute their quota to managing sure well being circumstances.  

Dr. Okafor who can also be the President, Affiliation of Scientific and Tutorial Physiotherapists of Nigeria recognized the scarcity of jobs, lack of apparatus, mind drain, poor remuneration and dealing circumstances as challenges confronting the physiotherapy career in Nigeria.

He mentioned, “There may be the inadequacy of jobs for physiotherapists. For instance, in a educating hospital that’s speculated to make use of 100 physiotherapists, a few of them simply have about 5 physiotherapists. Some have 10 whereas some don’t even have as much as that. 

“Additionally, typically hospitals that are speculated to have as much as 50 physiotherapists, they solely have about two or three. 

“There are even some basic hospitals within the nation that wouldn’t have a single physiotherapist. Moreover leading to quackery within the system, this lack exposes sufferers to quacks and in addition results in the mismanagement of their well being circumstances.”

In response to him, there are specific well being circumstances that physiotherapists have unique look after.

“Whenever you discuss stroke, ache, low again ache, youngsters who’re born with deformities, pregnancy-induced again ache, physiotherapists are those who handle them. 

“You have got physiotherapists who handle sports activities accidents, there are additionally physiotherapists which might be into neurology,” he famous.

Dr. Okafor acknowledged that physiotherapists additionally play a vital position in managing individuals who recovered from COVID-19.

He maintained that healthcare can’t be full with out the contributions of physiotherapists.

In response to Nationwide Well being Service, United Kingdom, physiotherapy helps to revive motion and performance when somebody is affected by harm, sickness, or incapacity.

“Physiotherapy might be useful for folks of all ages with a variety of well being circumstances, together with issues affecting the bones, joints and smooth tissue – equivalent to again ache, neck ache, shoulder ache, and sports activities accidents. 

“It could additionally assist to scale back the danger of harm or sickness sooner or later.

“It takes a holistic strategy that entails the affected person straight in their very own care.

“Physiotherapists usually work as a part of a multidisciplinary workforce in numerous areas of drugs and settings, together with hospitals, group well being centres and clinics,” NHS mentioned.

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