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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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House Committee Satisfied With FMYSD’s Submission Over Athletes Ineligibility in Tokyo, Summons NBBF Over D’Tigress

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The Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare alongside his Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Ismail Abubakar and the Ministry’s Anti-Doping Committee appeared before the House Committee on Sports led by its chairman, Honourable Olumide Osoba.

It was a meeting that provided the Minister with an opportunity to also shed more light on allowances of the women’s basketball team, D’Tigress, payments made to the NBBF and the doping allegations against some Team Nigeria athletes to the Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

In his report about the doping allegations, The Minister corrected an erroneous impression that many had by clearing the notion that the athletes were not guilty of doping or taking any form of illegal, performance enhancing substance.

“The Athletes were required to take three out of competition tests at 3 weeks intervals which of course they did but took it a week earlier, and that was why they were not allowed to participate in the Olympics. It should also be noted that, these ten athletes were not banned from participating in the Olympics but were ineligible to compete due to their missing the mandatory out-of-competition tests at the appropriate times,” Dare said.

On the allowances of D’Tigress, it was through the adopt-an-athlete initiative of the Minister that the sum of Two Hundred and Thirty Thousand Dollars($230,000) was raised from a group of Banks for the D’Tigress and D’Tigers. This money came in during the Olympics and was deposited into the NBBF’s CBN account.

According to the Minister, “we issued a statement regarding the $230,000 and on return from Olympics the players of both teams were asked to submit their account details so the CBN could process the payment at once, as we speak, we have only details of the female team; D’Tigress and none of D’Tigers obliged to this.

“Prior to now, the CBN have been instructed to process payment of the 12 female team members as first trench payment.

“The Process for the payment for D’Tigress is in place and near completion, the money is intact in the CBN account as CBN has provided statement of account to prove that the $230,000 NBBF fund was not misappropriated.”

According to one of the Honourable members of the Committee, Honourable Dachung Musa, representing Jos South/ Jos East Federal consistency, “We are satisfied now that you have provided the right information, especially the fact that our athletes were not banned or found guilty of taking illegal substances. I will dare to say, information is key in portraying the good image of our dear country.”

The Committee thereafter summoned the former NBBF President, Engineer Musa Kida to appear before it within two weeks.

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