Urge for a policy on Physiotherapy | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, September 10, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 10, 2011

World Physiotherapy Day

Urge for a policy on Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy is an integral part of modern medical science to deal with millions of movement related disorders and patients with physical disability to make them able to become fit, active and healthy. With a view to raising awareness on the necessity of Physiotherapy and portraying its status in the country, World Physiotherapy Day was observed on September 8 in Bangladesh along with the whole world. The day was observed with the slogan “Movement for Health”.
There are thousands of problems that can affect body movements and Physiotherapy is the main treatment and management protocol for these difficulties.
The demand, application and importance of Physiotherapy has been increasing very high. Movement related disorders and disability rate are increasing alarmingly worldwide due to spread of non-communicable diseases, obesity, diabetes, heart diseases, stroke, arthritis, pain, paralysis, cancer and other diseases which would be the greatest challenge of healthcare.
So all developed countries have taken initiatives on priority basis to develop and modernise Physiotherapy treatment and education to make these patients fit and active. Therefore, it is necessary to give proper attention to them and develop with implementation of modern Physiotherapy treatment for them to make them active and functional.
Although the profession in Bangladesh has already passed 50 years, still there is no proper authority to regulate it. Many people are being treated by quack (without degree) and are frequently victimised. Authority concern is still turning a blind eye on it.
On World Physiotherapy Day, Physiotherapists around the country raised their voice to formulate an upgraded national policy. There is dire need to take urgent initiatives for modern Physiotherapy treatment and education in Bangladesh. There is need to make Bangladesh Physiotherapy College functional to create more skilled Physiotherapists for the treatment of large amount of disabled patients. Clinical and academic Physiotherapy posts have to be created, recruited in vacant posts by Government to provide proper physiotherapy treatment for millions of patients.

The writer is the President of Bangladesh Physiotherapy Society (BPS).
E-mail: manipsart@gmail.com

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