Physiotherapists shortage hits Malawi

By Ellen Banda

Physiotherapy Health and Fitness Malawi has bemoaned shortage of physiotherapists as the country has about 300 professionals.

Director of Physiotherapy Health and Fitness Malawi Dr. George Chimatiro made the sentiments as the world celebrates Physiotherapy Day.

Chimatiro said it is unfortunate that many people especially from rural areas are not aware of the roles of physiotherapists and benefits of physiotherapy.

“People go to physiotherapists as their last option, this has an impact as it brings disabilities which might have been avoided if helped by physiotherapist at a right time,” he said.

Chimatiro therefore called for concerted efforts among stakeholders to help in raising awareness to promote physiotherapy profession for the betterment of people’s wellbeing.

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