KMU marked world Physical Therapy Day

Peshawar September 23, 2021
 KMU marked world physical therapy day
Speaker Provincial Assembly Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani said that the importance of physiotherapy in the medical field is by no means less than that of clinical sciences. Both the fields are of equal importance and have their own place in the health delivery system. The importance and scarcity of physiotherapists in our country came to the fore in the tragedy of the 2005 earthquake, though it is very important in the developed world. This is an ideal treatment as medications have many side effects but physiotherapy has no side effects. Painkillers have temporary benefits but are not a permanent cure for any disease. If physiotherapy is used from day one, we can avoid many complications that occur through self-medication. He expressed these views while addressing as a chief guest on the occasion of World Physical Therapy Day organized by Khyber Medical University (KMU) Peshawar.
KMU Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Zia-ul-Haq, Former Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Hafeezullah, Registrar Prof. Dr. Muhammad Saleem Gandapur, Dean Allied Health Sciences Prof. Dr. Haider Darain, Director IPMR Dr. Irfanullah, heads, faculty and students of various constituent and affiliated physiotherapy institutes were also present at the occasion.
Provincial Assembly Speaker Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani said that instead of running after government jobs, our new generation should create employment opportunities not only for themselves but also for the working youth around them through their medical services. He said that the main function of universities should be research, innovation and commercialization. He said that Vice Chancellor KMU Professor Zia ul Haq, who has all the leadership skills, would make KMU an ideal university not only for the province but also for the country.
Mushtaq Ghani said that our universities have to move towards self-reliance instead of relying on government funds. He said that Western countries do not have natural resources nor do they have abundance of agriculture and human resources but they are leading the world in economic and medical fields due to their focus on research and applied sciences in the field of education. “Allah Almighty has endowed us with immense natural and human resources so if we also move forward by focusing on research and applied sciences then inshallah the day is not far when Pakistan will also be among the developed countries”. He assured that he would talk to the provincial government to resolve the issue of physiotherapist house jobs on a permanent basis and hoped that the issue would be resolved soon.
Addressing the function, Prof. Dr. Zia ul Haq said that the field of physiotherapy has been neglected in the past. In the past it was a three-year diploma, now it has become a five-year Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program, which is increasing in importance and need, so the biggest challenge for us in this regard as to make it even better  is the quality. He said that KMU would be the first university in the country where, like other programs, a PhD in physiotherapy would be introduced soon which would further improve its quality.
Prof. Hafizullah and others also addressed the function. Earlier, Speaker Provincial Assembly Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani besides planting saplings at the university lawn along with Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Zia-ul-Haq and Director QEC Miss Syeda Asiya Bukhari have also inaugurated the Central Secretariat of Pakistan Network of Quality Assurance in Higher Education (PNQAHE) at the QEC Directorate.