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World Physio Day, Heralded by Father Muller Physiotherapy

September 5, 2023

Mangaluru: On the occasion of World Physiotherapy Day, a community health drive targeting knee osteoarthritis was organised by the Department of Physiotherapy, Father Muller Medical College, on September 3rd, 2023, at St. Francis Xavier Church in collaboration with Mangalore Round Table 115 and Mangalore Ladies Circle 82. This day also marked the occasion of Teacher’s Day, organised by Lourdes Central School.

Dr Antony Sylvan Dsouza, Dean of Father Muller Medical College, was the Chief Guest, and Rev Fr Dr J. B. Saldanha, Parish Priest of Bejai Church, was the president of the program, Other dignitaries on the dais were Rev. Fr Robert Dsouza; Principal of Lourdes Central School, Prof. Cherishma Dsilva; Head and Course Co-ordinator, Department of Physiotherapy, Father Muller Medical College, Tabler Melroy Savio Dsouza; Chairman Mangalore Round Table 115, Circler Anthia Dsouza; Chairperson Mangalore Ladies Circle 82

This event marked the beginning of a month-long initiative throughout September aimed at raising awareness and providing support to individuals dealing with knee osteoarthritis in and around Mangalore. World Physiotherapy Day is celebrated on September 8, marking the unity and solidarity of the global physiotherapy community.

The event began with a serene lamp lighting ceremony, symbolising the enlightenment and hope that this health drive brings to those affected by knee osteoarthritis. Dignitaries, volunteers, and participants joined together in lighting the lamp, signifying unity in the quest for better health and well-being.

Prof. Cherishma D’Silva, delivered an insightful introduction to the drive. Rev. Fr J.B. Saldanha released the pamphlets on the physiotherapy exercises. Dr Antony Sylvan Dsouza addressed the gathering. Rev. Fr J. B. Saldanha delivered his presidential address. Circler Anthia Dsouza delivered a heartfelt vote of thanks, highlighting the significant contribution of Mangalore Ladies Circle 82 and Mangalore Round Table 115, a non-profit organisation dedicated to community service.

Rev. Fr Ajith Menezes, Administrator of Father Muller Medical College, whose unwavering presence and steadfast support have been instrumental in fostering a positive environment for this drive, Ms. Leah Mohandas conducted an informative session. She provided valuable insights into knee osteoarthritis, including its causes, symptoms, and various treatment options available. Her presentation also highlighted the role of physiotherapy in managing and alleviating the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis.

To make the information more accessible and engaging, the students from the Department of Physiotherapy at Father Muller Medical College performed an engaging skit. The skit demonstrated various exercises and physical therapy techniques that can be beneficial for individuals suffering from knee osteoarthritis. It illustrated how regular exercises can help improve joint mobility and reduce pain, enhancing the overall quality of life for affected individuals. The Department of Physiotherapy at FMMC is a place of academic excellence and a place to heal injuries. Many initiatives by the department have become annual events by the institutions, like Embolden: Celebrating People with Down Syndrome, Children’s Health, and many more. Their initiatives to help the elderly and those afflicted with breathing issues with COVID-19 are noteworthy.

The community health drive targeting knee osteoarthritis, held on World Physiotherapy Day, is bound to be a resounding success. With the collaboration of Mangalore Round Table 115 and Mangalore Ladies Circle 82, this initiative is poised to make a significant impact on the health and well-being of individuals in Mangalore throughout the month of September and beyond.