City Reporter Kashmir: PM addresses 60th National Conference of IAP
Says video consultation by physiotherapists can be useful in situations like Turkey earthquake
CITY REPORTER NEWS DESK,11-Feb; Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, video consultation by physiotherapists can be useful in situations like Turkiye earthquake. He was addressing the 60th National Conference of the Indian Association of Physiotherapists (IAP) in Ahmadabad via a video message today, February 11.
Modi urged the profession to develop ways of video consulting and tele-medicine. He said this can be useful in situations like the earthquake in Turkey where a large number of physiotherapists are needed and Indian physiotherapists can help via mobile phones and asked the Physiotherapist Association to think in this direction. “I have full faith that under the leadership of experts like you, India will be fit as well as a super hit”, lauded the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister acknowledged the importance of physiotherapists as providers of solace, symbol of hope, resilience and recovery. A physiotherapist, he said, not only treats physical injury but gives the patient courage to deal with the psychological challenge.
The Prime Minister said that in the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsava, Physiotherapists received a much-awaited recognition as a profession as the Government brought the National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professionals Bill which recognises the contribution of physiotherapists in the nation’s healthcare system. He said, “this has made it easier for them to work in India as well as abroad.
The Government has also added physiotherapists to the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission network, he added. This has made it easier for you to reach the patients”, he further added. The Prime Minister also touched upon growth opportunities for physiotherapists in the environment of Fit India Movement and Khelo India.
Modi touched upon the characteristics of the profession that ensure self-reliance in the patient and said, India is also moving towards Aatmnirbharta. The profession also symbolises the ‘Sabka Prayas’ as patient and doctor both need to work on the problem and this is reflected in many schemes and Jan Andolans like Swacch Bharat and Beti Bachao, said the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister underlined the spirit of physiotherapy that carries many key messages like consistency, continuity and conviction which are critical for the policies of governance also.
The Prime Minister requested physiotherapists to take up the task of educating people about the Right Posture, Right Habits, and Right Exercises. “It is important that people adopt the right approach regarding fitness through Articles, Lectures and Reels”, he said.
Drawing on his personal experience of physiotherapy, the Prime Minister said “It is my experience that when the expertise of yoga is combined with that of a physiotherapist, its power increases manifold. This will enhance your professional power, he added.
As a big part of the physiotherapy profession is connected with senior citizens, the Prime Minister stressed the need for experience and soft-skills and asked the profession to document and present them via academic papers and presentations before the world.(CNS)