It has been an eventful and busy week for the National Executive Council of the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy.

A Nigerian delegation of Physiotherapists ably led by the Vice President of NSP, Dr Felix Odusanya, PT to represent the NSP at the World Physiotherapy African Region Congress ongoing at Cotonou, Benin Republic. We also have the Education Committee Chairman Dr Olusegun Adejare, PT representing the President at the 3rd Induction Ceremony of the Physiotherapy Department of Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State where recognition, prize money and an award were given to the Best Graduating Student.

To cap off a very busy week, the President, Dr Nina Nnenna CHIGBO, PT led a high-profile delegation (which comprises Dr Adeosun Comfort, PhD - the NSP Ethics Committee Chair, Dr Raymond Olaseinde, PT - Registrar of the Physiotherapy Postgraduate College, Prof Yusuf Ahmad Rufai, PT - Immediate Past President of NSP & Dr Chibuike Mbammalu, PT, the Chairman of NSP FCT Chapter) to meet with the Honourable Minister of State for Health, Mr Ekumankama Joseph, Esq. and it was a very productive meeting towards the progress and aggrandisement of the profession of Physiotherapy.

Here are a few of the highlights of the high-profile meeting with the Honourable Minister of State for Health:

Desk Office:  The Desk office will be opened immediately to oversee Rehabilitation services while action will be initiated on the Directorate of Physiotherapy in the future.

Brain Drain: The Honourable Minister said we should focus on the positives which is an increase in forex for the country and he mandated the NSP should focus on training those left behind to fill the shoes left by the experienced hands leaving.

On the SOS Section 2.1.6: The HMSH was in total agreement and noted that its implementation should be accelerated especially with the issue of experienced hands leaving. This is to ensure those behind are delivering the best care possible.

Employment: We got a positive response from the HMSH on the employment of Physiotherapists in our Hospitals, though the HMSH says it will be a replacement of those that have left active service. Kindly be on the lookout for NSP instructions to collate data on the unemployed for onward submission to HMSH for the replacement exercise.

Other strategic discussions about the Physiotherapy Post-Graduate College/Fellowship, engagement at the Primary Health Care level, and creation of a full Directorate at the Ministry of Health will be made known.

The Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy is keen and committed to moving the profession to a greater height and also to improving the welfare of all iNSPired Physiotherapists in Nigeria and the diaspora.

God bless the Profession of Physiotherapy.
God bless the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy.
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.