KMU observes World Occupational Therapy Day

Staff Reporter

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Medical University (KMU), Peshawar in collaboration with Paraplegic Centre, Peshawar marked the World Occupational Therapy Day by arranging a seminar followed by a walk at the main university campus.

Prof Dr Arshad Javaid, Vice Chancellor,  KMU was the chief guest of the event whereas, besides a large number of students, Director, IPM&R, Dr Haider Darain, Dean, Public Health, Prof Dr Zia-ul-Haq, Dr Nazish, Dr Zunaira, staff from Paraplegic Centre, Peshawar and faculty of the IPM&R were also present on the occasion.

While addressing the seminar, Prof Dr Arshad Javaid, VC, KMU said that the occupational therapy (OT) was a very rewarding and respectable career for those who would like to help people living with disabilities. He said that the increasing number of people with disabilities is demanding good quality of life and that was possible only when health care practitioners and society had general understanding of the field of the OT and the role of its integral multidisciplinary team members. World Occupational Therapy Day was the opportunity to heighten the visibility of the profession’s development work and to promote the activities related to the OT locally, nationally and internationally, he added.

Prof Dr Arshad Javaid shared that with appropriate multidisciplinary rehabilitation services, the majority of people with disabilities could become functionally independent members of the society, adding that the field of the OT was relatively new and growing in our country which really needed support of the relevant government bodies.

He further stated that the KMU had recognized the increasing need for occupational therapists; therefore after strengthening 5 year DPT programme under the umbrella of the KMU-IPM&R, we started for the first time in the history of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 4 years BS Occupational Therapy and BS Speech & Language Pathology programmes.

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