PHYSIOTHERAPY DAY OF SERVICE 2020
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” Charles Dicken. Today 10/10/2020 has been a beautiful day, the team that is Afyafrica set out to do what it does best, service to others. The team set out at the light of dawn to go serve the people of Ting’ang’a Gituamba PCEA in Kiambu County.
One of my best quotes in life goes as so, ‘’As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.’’ By Audrey Hupbern. And being a Physiotherapist this quote has always come in handy, that does not mean all we do is lay our hands on people and they magically get better, but human touch has always been a means to provide healing to the wounded and ailing from time immemorial.
Being the Physiotherapy Day of services , we decided that we shall be offering our services to the community in Kiambu, services that involved a lot of Education to the public, mostly on what Physiotherapists , occupational therapists and massage therapists , a lot of the focus was on the rehabilitation sector and its role in health care. The morning talk involved Educations on the ‘’myth that is back pain, Non-communicable diseases, Stroke , over use of over the counter drugs and most importantly the importance of movement, physical activity and exercise and its role in managing the mentioned diseases.
The event started at 9.00 am in the morning, and ended at 6.15 pm in the evening, by then a total of 75 patients had been attended to with Success stories from approximately 30 patients with musculoskeletal system problems reporting 0/10 on a pain scale after the treatment and improved functioning; A majority of the patients attended to were between the ages of 50-59 (19) years of age, 40-49 years (18), 70-79 years (11), 60-69 years (10), 30-40 years (9), 80 years and above (7) and one patient that was 18 years of age.
Most of the musculoskeletal conditions that were picked involved the following, Back pain, Shoulder pain, Neck pain, Hip pain, Knee pain, Foot and ankle, Stroke, pelvic floor conditions. Majority of the patients had no idea that Physiotherapy and other rehabilitation services would be beneficial to them and were surprised at the effectiveness of the treatment methods adopted during the camp.
The patients were attended to by 5 amazing clinicians from Afyafrica Orthopedic services with different specialty training within the field, 3 support staff and 7 assistants from the church that did involve the clergy who helped to spread the news on emphasizing the importance of physical activity and movement for good health.
During the event the team was keen to observe the COVID-19 protocols provided by the Ministry of health Kenya, WHO as well as the CDC, which included, social distancing rules of 100 maximum in a congregation, use of face masks, use of gloves by clinicians, hand washing stations were put in place, use of sanitizer by patients and clinicians, disinfecting treatment tables after use per patient.