Physiotherapists to support government in curbing medical tourism

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The Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy (NSP), has unveiled plans to support the Federal Government’s agenda of reversing health tourism in Nigeria.

This was contained in a Communique signed by the National President of NSP, Dr. Rufai Ahmad,at end of the society’s 59th conference, 60th anniversary and Annual General Meeting, held in Abuja.

The Theme of the conference was ‘Reversing Health Tourism: calling to action stakeholders”.

”Physiotherapy is a major component of preventive, promotive and curative health, and so the health delivery system should be so structured to ensure that every patient who requires Physiotherapy intervention has it as at when due without compromise on the quality of care.

“Physiotherapists in Nigeria are really working the talk and rely on government policies to favour the profession down to the Primary Health Care level.

“The approval of DPT (Doctor of Physioteraphy), and establishment of Postgraduate Physiotherapy College which serve as foundation for acquiring clinical proficiency and competence, important factors needed to keep Physiotherapy patients in Nigeria for treatment, were celebrated,” it stated.

The association said in the communique that NSP was currently partnering with eight hospitals in each geo-political zone and the FCT, to establish Centers of Excellence in Physiotherapy specialty areas.

It said NSP also offered to support the hospitals or centres with advanced training, part sponsorship for training abroad; and facilitation of Health Tourism to Nigeria through partner associations in other countries.

It added that specialty groups were currently developing contents for the training.

“At the end of the AGM, NSP approved four policy documents which includes the NSP 5-year strategic plan, reviewed NSP Ethics and Professional Practice Guidelines, Postgraduate Physiotherapy College Ordinance and reviewed NSP Constitution,” the communique noted.

It said the Society sponsored and pushed Physiotherapy Postgraduate College (PPC) Bill through the 1st and 2nd reading during the 8th Assembly.

”The Bill also scaled through the Public hearing with an overwhelming support at the House of Representatives in the last National Assembly.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Bill was not passed before the expiration of the 8th Assembly.

“Futher to the Society’s preparedness for an efficient running of the college while setting up advance structures with its meagre resource, the PPC inducted five fellows into the various Faculties of the college,” it said.

It listed tbe fellows as Dr Taiwo Oyewumi, Dr Usman Zubair, Dr Iyabo Okulaja, Dr Sam Ibeneme and Prof. T.K. Hamza.

The NSP was founded on 29th August, 1959, and unanimously agreed to ensure approval of policy documents, secure certificate of compliance with code of professional ethics and ensure healthcare delivery.

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