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World Physiotherapy Day celebrated in Dimapur

World Physiotherapy Day celebrated in Dimapur
Members of IAP Nagaland and NPA, Dr. K. Vikato Kinimi, Geoffrey Yaden and others after the ‘World Physiotherapy Day’ celebrations on Saturday.
(Staff Reporter) Dimapur, Sep 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/8/2018 12:39:51 PM IST

Indian Association of Physiotherapists (IAP) Women Cell, Nagaland branch in collaboration with Nagaland Physiotherapist Association (NPA) celebrated ‘World Physiotherapy Day’ at Don Bosco auditorium, here, Saturday. It was held under themes: Physiotherapy for Fit India and Exercise is the Best Medicine.

Speaking as the special guest, District Hospital Dimapur, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr. K. Vikato Kinimi, said physiotherapists in Nagaland had a lot of work ahead of them, especially in ensuring the well being of the people.

He said there were lots of patients with physical problems in Nagaland because people do not take care of their bodies when their health was good.

Highlighting the benefits of exercise as described in the theme, Dr. Kinimi said a person who performs daily exercise reduces the risk of numerous ailments including stroke and physical disabilities.

He called on all the physiotherapists to advise people to lead healthy lifestyles which would benefit the general populace in the long run.

According to Dr. Kinimi, the Government of India is coming up with elaborate plans for the wellbeing of the people and the Urban Public Health Centres (UPHCs) would be renamed “Wellness Centres.” These centres will impart yoga exercises as part of the regimen. He added that under this project three UPHCs in Nagaland would be inaugurated as Wellness Centres very soon. 

Nagaland Post editor-in-chief, Geoffrey Yaden, who was also the special invitee, felicitated the physiotherapists on the occasion and opined that it would have been more befitting if the day was observed through some physical activity such as a walkathon etc.

He also shared some personal thoughts from his observation and experience with physiotherapy how it evolved into a highly specialised branch of medical science over the decades. 

He emphasized on the absolute necessity of taking good care of one’s health even in good health or else rue the consequences when neglect brings ailment and expenditure.

Yaden said there are around 30,000 registered physiotherapists in India and perhaps below one hundred in Nagaland. Physiotherapy in Nagaland needs to be given a boost since it is an important aspect of nurturing a physically healthy society. 

He said physiotherapists in the state need not only look for government jobs. He suggested that the medical department could ask schools and colleges to rope in physiotherapists under contracts in order to create awareness about keeping fit and healthy as a daily routine or during sporting events.

 He also encouraged physiotherapists to come up with various initiatives like mobile programmes and get people to learn the benefits of physical mobility.

He concluded by urging the physiotherapists to make their presence felt in society through wide medical camps and contact programmes.

Earlier the programme was chaired by IAP, state general secretary, Dr. Avikuonuo Pienyü (PT) while invocation was pronounced by Khushiabill Sumi Baptist Church pastor, Kughavi Katty. IAP state president Dr. Tiatula Longkumer (PT), delivered the welcome address, Miss India Universe Finalist Dr. Abeni Khuvung presented a song and Sunepsangla Jamir performed a scintillating ballet dance.

NPA president Dr. Tsukhumong (PT) delivered the exhortation and IAP executive Dr. Yongkongsangla (PT) proposed the vote of thanks.

 

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