‘Create new posts for therapists in PHCs’
The Salem Zone Physiotherapists Association has appealed to the State Government to establish a separate council for physiotherapy. “It should be on a par with the state physiotherapy councils that have been formed by the governments of Delhi, Maharashtra and Rajasthan,” it added.
The resolution was passed during the State-Level Physiotherapy Conference held as part of the World Physiotherapy Day (September 8) celebrations here on Sunday. As many as 400 participants, 320 Physiotherapists and 80 student delegates who are pursing their BPT and MPT, from across Tamil Nadu took part in the event.
President of SZPA and coordinator of the conference M. Senthil Kumar said that their other important resolution was to urge the State Government to start new post-graduate and Ph.D. programmes in physiotherapy in the existing government colleges in Chennai and Tiruchi on par with courses that are offered by private colleges in the State.
He added that the State Government should realise the importance of physiotherapy and create new posts for therapists in primary health centres and increase the number of postings in the taluk and district level government hospitals based on the increasing need. A highlight of the celebration was a photo exhibition on simple exercises that could be practised by everyone as part of their day-to-day activities to lead a healthy life. The exhibition attracted a good number of people.
Another salient feature of the celebration was a documentary film titled ‘Physiotherapy – A Timeline’, that highlights the history of the drugless treatment. The documentary that runs for 12 minutes highlighted the history of physiotherapy that dates back to 460 B.C. It was released by social worker Esan D. Ezhil Vizhiyan, who was the chief guest.