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Board urges FG to establish one-stop rehabilitation centres in 6 geopolitical zones

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Board urges FG to establish one-stop rehabilitation centres in 6 geopolitical zones

Mrs Akanle Olufunke, Registrar of Medical Rehabilitation Therapists Board of Nigeria (MRTBN), has urged the Federal Government to establish a One-stop rehabilitation centre the six geopolitical zones in the country.

Olufunke made the call in an interview with a correspondent of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), during the Second International Conference of Medical Rehabilitation Professionals in Abuja.

She said that with the one- stop centre if established, would enable people with disabilities, whose functions are limited to remain in their home or community for treatment.

Rehabilitation, she said, is a treatment designed to facilitate the process of recovery from injury, illness or disease to as normal a condition as possible.

”The purpose of rehabilitation is to restore some or all of the patient’s physical, sensory and mental capabilities that were lost due to injury, illness, or disease.

”It includes assisting the patient to compensate for deficits that cannot be reversed medically. It is prescribed after many types of injury, illness, or disease, including amputations, arthritis, cancer, cardiac disease, neurological problems, orthopaedic injuries, spinal cord injuries, stroke, cerebral palsy, poliomyelitis, Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, hydrocephalus, Autism just to mention few.

“We realized that there are lots of challenges facing rehabilitation service in Nigeria and sub Sahara Africa.

“In Nigeria there is no well established national medical rehabilitation centre and I believe it’s long overdue,” Olufunke said.

The registrar said that the number of people accessing rehabilitation centre was still low for now because there are few rehabilitation centres in the country; some in tertiary institutions’ health facilities, like teaching hospitals, federal medical center and some in general hospitals.

The board is a regulatory body established to regulate and control the training and practice of seven professions in health care.

These are physiotherapists, occasional therapists, speech therapists, audiologists, orthotics and prosthetists, chiropractic as well as osteopathic medicine.

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Eid-el-Fitr: Buhari Asks Christians, Muslims To Jointly Pray Against Kidnapping, Banditry

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President Muhammadu Buhari in his Eid-el-Fitr message to Nigerians asked both Christians and Muslims to unite and jointly pray against tragic incidents of kidnapping and banditry.

He also called for practices that promote brotherhood and forgiveness noting that unity and solidarity among all citizens is imperative especially at this time when Nigeria is faced with multiple challenges.

This was disclosed in a statement signed on Wednesday by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

“On this blessed occasion, I wish that the Eid festival brings with it peace, safety, security, brotherhood, and love amongst all.

 “Unity and solidarity among all citizens, Muslims, and Christians are imperative especially at a time when our country is faced with multiple challenges which are surmountable only when we come together as one.

“It is important that we remember how we share, through our faiths, common bonds that should serve to unite us and not allow ourselves to succumb to those who seek to divide us, using our two great religions, for their own selfish advantages.

“We should jointly pray against the tragic incidents of kidnapping and banditry and the desperate quest for political power expressed through blackmail against the existence of our country as a united entity.

“We must resist the temptation to retreat into our communities. I urge our political and religious leaders as well as traditional rulers to encourage our citizens to turn towards one another in love and compassion,” the statement read in part.

President Buhari said further that it is noteworthy and delightful to see “Christians breaking fast and in some instances, extending goodwill and gifts to Muslim faithful during the Ramadan.”

He added that “This model also shone through with Muslim groups joining Christian festivities. These are practices that promote brotherhood and forgiveness.”

The President, therefore, urged Nigerians to continue to observe all COVID-19 prevention measures and celebrate responsibly during the holidays.

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