Government at all levels and members of the public have been advised to create conducive environment for people with physical impairments to allow them to live meaningful lives.
A don in the department of Physiotherapy, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Professor Kolapo Hamzat, gave the advise while delivering a keynote address at an event marking this year’s Physiotherapy Day.
Professor Hamzat said the call became necessary for everyone to prepare for any eventuality that might in the future lead to disability, especially impairment associated with old age.
While speaking on the topic, “Creating an environment to improve quality of Life For People With Disabilities”, Professor Hamzat said everyone that wish long life would become permanently disabled at some point in life, hence the need to prepare for the future.
The don who highlighted some of the effects of Covid-19 on its survivors to include partial memory loss and difficulty in mobility due to fatigue, said physiotherapists have been trained to help the survivors cope.
Also speaking, Oyo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Bashir Bello who highlighted the importance of physiotherapists in human health, said the state was planning to establish a physiotherapy unit in all its hospitals across the state.
Early in an address, Oyo State chairperson, Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy, Dr. Olubukola Olaleye said the World Physiotherapy Day which is celebrated on the eighth of September every year, was to raise awareness on the impact of the profession on the medical system.
The programme was attended by physiotherapists across the state, political office holders and students of Command Secondary School, Mokola, Ibadan.