BY CHIOMA OBINNA

The continued problem of patient rehabilitation in the country has been blamed on acute shortage of trained

• Cross section of graduands at the 6th convocation of the Federal School of Occupational Therapy Federal Neuro- Psychiatric Hospital, Lagos, last week.

occupational therapists.

A health discipline concerned with people who are physically and/or mentally impaired, disabled and/or handicapped, either temporarily or permanently, occupational therapy ishas an enormous role.

Experts who gathered at the 6th convocation ceremony of the Federal School of Occupational Therapy (FSOT), Federal Neuro- Psychiatric Hospital last week in Lagos, say it is currently affecting patients rehabilitation in medicine generally, and psychiatric in particular.

In a chat, the institution’s Acting Medical Director , Dr Oluwayemisi Ogun said the shortage of practitioners is currently affecting the rehabilitation of patients in the country.

She noted the psychiatric team is not complete without the occupational therapist.

Mrs Geraldine Edegar, the School Principal, opined that occupational therapy is essentially about rehabilitating patients and integrating them back into the community or society with an appreciable level of self-reliance that will enable them perform their normal functions or duties to the maximum possible extent

“The professionally qualified and registered occupational therapist involves the patients in activities designed to promote the restoration and maximum use of function with the aim of helping such people to meet the demands for their work, social, personal and domestic environment,and to participate in life in its fullest sense.

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