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Dr. D.Y. Patil College of Physiotherapy

World Physiotherapy Day 2021

Wednesday, September 08, 2021 |Dr. D. Y. Patil College of Physiotherapy Sant Tukaram Nagar, Pimpri, Pune |Events

World Physiotherapy Day 2021

Theme: “Long COVID and Rehabilitation”

World Physiotherapy Day is observed on 8th September every year. The day is aimed to promote general public health awareness of physiotherapy as a career and service .The day is celebrated as foundation day of WCPT on 8th of September in 1951. The day marks the unity and solidarity of global physical therapy community. It is an opportunity to recognize the work that physical therapists do for patients and community.

COVID 19 has had a considerable impact on human lives during the past 2 years. Despite the continuous need of survival, despair and disappointment, the World has slowly moved forwards with better equipped health resources. Physiotherapy practice has also evolved considerably during this time with changing dimensions addressing long COVID problems.

World Physiotherapy Day was celebrated on 8th September 2021 at Dr D. Y. Patil College of Physiotherapy. Dr. Tushar J. Palekar, Principal, Dr. D. Y. Patil College of Physiotherapy encouraged the fraternity to organize different activities on this occasion.

Following activities were planned and executed on September 8, 2021 to celebrate World Physiotherapy Day 2021:

1. Role Play by interns and II BPT Students

2. Quiz for final year BPT, Interns and MPT students.

3. Awareness program at Dr. D.Y. Patil Rural Health Training Centre, Alandi.

4. Thematic Posters on “Long COVID and Rehabilitation”

5. An awareness Talk show by Faculty on Radio Puneri Awaz 107.8 FM

Activity 1: World Physiotherapy Day 2021 - Role Play by interns and II BPT Students

In the outpatient department, program and activities were conceptualized in the form of role play by the interns to increase the patient’s awareness of emerging roles of physiotherapists in rehabilitation of long Covid under the guidance of Dr. Seema Saini, Professor & OPD Incharge.The program began at 12 pm with an inspirational speech highlighting the importance of Physiotherapy given by Dr. J. G. Palekar, Consultant Rehabilitation at OPD. Followed by which Dr Aryaa Varur, Assistant Professor explained and demonstrated various Breathing exercises and elaborated on the importance of each of them. Participants actively participated by performing the exercises. Interns executed a skit under the guidance of Dr. Abha Khisty, Assistant Professor stressing the importance of Physiotherapy in patients suffering from COVID-19.Thereafter students of II BPT enacted a skit throwing light on the relevance of physiotherapy in various musculoskeletal problems faced in our day to day life under guidance of Dr. Pramod. J. Palekar, Associate Professor. The session was concluded by the vote of thanks given by Dr. Vanisha Steven, Assistant Professor.

Activity 2: World Physiotherapy Day 2021 - Quiz for final year BPT

Amid, the situation of Covid-19, this year’s theme was “Focus on rehabilitation and Long COVID-19” Based on the theme Dr. Reema Joshi, Associate Professor along with Dr. Chaitnayaa Wani, Assistant Professor and Dr. Parita Kothari, Assistant Professor organized a Quiz competition for final year bachelor’s students. Question was mainly focusing about the basic knowledge of physiotherapy skills and physiotherapy role in COVID rehabilitation. 34 student participants were divided into four teams. 7 Post-graduate students volunteered for conduction of the event. At the end of the quiz, the winning team was awarded by Dr. Tushar J. Palekar, Principal, Dr. D. Y. Patil College of Physiotherapy.

Activity 3: World Physiotherapy Day 2021 - Quiz for Interns and MPT students

On the occasion of World Physiotherapy Day, Dr. D. Y. Patil College of Physiotherapy organized arranged a Quiz competition on the theme of 2021 World Physiotherapy Day “Long COVID and Rehabilitation”. The faculty and PG students of Cardio-Pulmonary Physiotherapy conducted the quiz for Interns and MPT students.

35 students from different classes had enrolled for the quiz. Five groups having a mix of all students from the various classes were formed. The quiz was conducted over four rounds. All questions were related to COVID-19, Long COVID and rehabilitation. The first round had fifteen questions, second and third had ten questions each and last round was a rapid fire round with five questions.

For each correct answer, points were allotted, and for an incorrect answer, negative marking was given. The winning team members were felicitated by Principal Dr. Tushar J. Palekar with a token of appreciation.

Activity 4: World Physiotherapy Day 2021 - Awareness program at Dr. D.Y. Patil Rural Health Training Centre, Alandi.

Dr. D.Y. Patil College of Physiotherapy, Pune also observed “World Literacy Day” & “World Physiotherapy Day “on 8th September 2021 by conducting an awareness program at Dr. D.Y. Patil Rural Health Training Centre, Alandi. The main objective of this event was to make people aware regarding the importance of health education and importance of exercises to maintain physical and mental stability among patients with long COVID-19 symptoms. The session also includes information on Physiotherapy as a career. Question and answer session was carried out to resolve patients doubt regarding physiotherapy practice. The session was organized by Dr. Reema Joshi along with PG II students and NSS volunteers Onkar Aghav & Rasika Kad. 25 participants attended this session. Event was well appreciated by the participants.

Activity 5: World Physiotherapy Day 2021 - Thematic Posters on “Long COVID and Rehabilitation”

On World Physiotherapy Day-2021, celebrated on September 8, 33 MPT Semester I students led by Dr. Zafar Azeem, Associate Professor, Dr. D.Y. Patil College of Physiotherapy, Pune presented thematic posters on this year’s theme of “Long COVID and Rehabilitation”. The formation of the group and titles for the hand-made posters depicted the journey of the Pandemic and how Physiotherapists have cultivated practice mindsets in to the new normal. The teams namly Pandemic, Panic City, Mobility, Empower and Recovery were conceived as a central theme for the posters encapsulating various dimensions of Physiotherapy practice that have changed the way profession has progressed. Poster viewing session was attended by Dr. Deepak Kumar, Director & Sr. Consultant, Capri Institute of Manual Therapy, New Delhi. Dr. Deepak congratulated all the

students for the immaculate display of intellect and skills and encouraged students to upskill themselves with the changing skillset, a need of hour in the COVID era.Dr. D. B. Sharma, Principal, Dr. D.Y. Patil Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Pune and Dr. Rupali Salvi, Principal, Dr. D.Y. Patil College of Nursing, Pune were also present to grace the occasion and wished all the presenters success for the future. Dr.Tushar J. Palekar, Principal, Dr. D.Y. Patil College of Physiotherapy, thanked the dignatories for their august presence and congratulated all the presenters for their effort into making the program a success.

Activity 6: World Physiotherapy Day 2021 – “An awareness Talk show” by Faculty on Radio Puneri Awaz 107.8 FM

Dr. D. Y. Patil College of Physiotherapy, Pune on the occasion of World Physiotherapy Day on 08th September, 2021, Electrotherapy & Electro Diagnostics laboratory organised “An awareness Talk show” to highlight and propagate the Role of Physiotherapy in the community and the need for approaching the Physiotherapist for their varied conditions. The patients in the IPD and OPD of Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical Hospital and Physiotherapy OPD voiced their testimonials regarding their experiences. Dr. Sanjivani Kamble, Dr. Soumik Basu and Dr. Pramod J. Palekar voiced the Physiotherapy specialties in accordance with the Theme propagated by the World Physiotherapy for “Long Covid & Rehabilitation”.

The program with the guidance from the Principal, Prof. Dr. Tushar J Palekar was aired on Radio Puneri Awaz 107.8 FM in two slots at 10 AM and 2 PM, on 08 September, 2021 and had a On- Air reach to the audience.