By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI – Nigeria Society of Physiotherapists (NSP) has warned of the dire consequences on the nationâ€™s health sector,Â if the government continues with its selective policy of paying health workers, differently.
The National President of NSP, Rev. Adeola Jaiyesimi, gave the warning while briefing newsmen in Owerri on the events lined up for the celebration of this yearâ€™s â€˜World Physiotherapy Dayâ€™.
â€œGiving doctors a separate salary structure is discriminatory and capable of creating uneasiness among the nationâ€™s health workers. Government must realize that there is no segment of medicine that is inferior to the otherâ€, he said.
Rev. Jaiyesimi lamented that community physiotherapy practice sadly died soon after its take-off in Nigeria, pointing out that this was largely because successive administrations did not fund the programme properly.
â€œGovernment has not done enough to promote the practice of physiotherapy in Nigeria. We have less than 500 physiotherapists to serve a staggering 140 million people. The ratio is equally largeâ€, he added.
He warned those visiting gyms scattered in parts of the country to ensure that they patronize professionals that can quickly assess risks to the customer, as well as manage emergencies when they occur.