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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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Alternative Medicine Can Bridge Unemployment, Naira/Dollar Gap – Professor Says

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A university don who has taken a vibrant interest in phyto-medicine research, Professor Benjamin Amodu, says Nigeria can reduce unemployment as well as bridge the forex gap between the Naira and Dollar through Traditional, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, TCAM.


He said this is very possible if both the government and the people join hands to project the vast potentials of the country to the foreign world.


Speaking to our reporter, he said: “My message. is that let us have a very huge hope in our herbs which God has endowed on us based on our location on the geography of the earth.
“This is a huge blessing God has given us and some of us have researched into them. It is just left for us to believe in them.


“So let us join hands with the government and move this country forward and get people all over the world to make Nigeria the destination for medical tourism as we reverse the incessant trips to India, China, Egypt and all the other destinations. “I can tell you categorically that TCAM is the best way to go. In fact’ if there is political will on the part of government, the Naira/dollar ratio will level up.


“The bulk of importation of drug products will fall and we will conserve our foreign exchange and channel it into other sectors.


“Government should even stand in the gap because there are a lot of things that can be done in this sector.


“Let us depend more on whatever we produce and forget about over-dependence on importation. When that happens, this huge youth unemployment ratio will be closed up as our subsistence farmers will go into extensive farming and production of the needed raw materials. And in so doing, you know they will employ many more hands to enable them to do this.


“You can imagine that the United States of America projected to make $30bn dollars in 2023 alone from alternative and complementary medicine,” Amodu said.


He then called on the Tinubu administration to build on what the previous administrator started and make Nigeria the hub for medical tourism.”


The huge government investment into this untapped multi-billion dollar industry however remains to be seen. Amodu is a 1980 graduate of Industrial Pharmacy from the Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria, and a professor of phytho-medicine from the Triune Biblical University, USA.

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