Acting registrar, Medical Rehabilitation Therapists (Registration) Board of Nigeria, MRTB, Mrs. Olufunke Akanle yesterday said at least 1,200 of the 3,000 certified Nigerian physiotherapists were currently practising in foreign countries.
She raised the alarm in her speech during the induction into the physiotherapy profession of 19 physiotherapy graduands trained by the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, for the 2013/2014 set.
Akanle stated that the board, which was established by Decree 38 of 1988/M9 LFN 2004, had only been able to register about 3,000 physiotherapists with about 40 percent practising in a nation with over 160million population. T
he board was set up to regulate and control the training and practice of seven professions in the Nigeria health sector such as therapy, speech therapy, chiropractic and osteopathic medicine, audiology, prosthetics and orthotics.
According to her, “There is no family in Nigeria without an individual that is physically challenged, hence need rehabilitation. I therefore pray the management to improve on the training facilities both physical and manpower so as to increase the number of physiotherapy students admitted.
“I use this medium to appreciate the chief medical director and the management of UCH, who has provided a platform for internship training in physiotherapy. I request that the physiotherapy facilities in this institution should be improved on and increase the budget to take more interns; these will give more room for our graduates nationwide to have a place for their internship.”
In his speech, the chief medical director of UCH, Professor Temitope Alonge described the new inductees as another set of fully-baked graduands from the institution, saying at least 50 percent of the inductees, including the five among them that made First Class Honours, would be employed in UCH.
Prof. Alonge noted: “Physiotherapy training is expensive anywhere in the world. The equipment are costly, and the space required is always big. Yet, we have over the past 49 years continued to produce high calibre physiotherapists as we all can see around us today.”
The vice chancellor of the university, Professor Isaac Adewole, who was represented by the deputy vice chancellor (Administration), Professor Emilolorun Ayelari, urged the new inductees to be worthy ambassadors of the college.

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