By Akem Olives Nkwain
Students for the Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy Course of the Baptist Institute of Health Sciences (BIHS) have begun taking lessons. The course began on October 12, 2021, with an orientation that lasted one week. Gaius Ngeh, Student and Class Coordinator says it’s been a longing to sign up for a Bachelor in physiotherapy. Having worked as a physiotherapy assistant before, I thought it wise to upgrade my skills to better meet the needs of the clients, as well as provide evidence-based services. Following the period of orientation, some expectations are already being met. “I look forward to the training with much expectation,” he said. A Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy is not a new concept elsewhere in the globe, but, that offered at the BIHS has been customized to meet local needs and realities. Timothy Fanfon, Deputy Course Director says the course was carefully designed to meet the local needs of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) especially children in the country. It is intended to build the right skills, making sure that thereafter we have the right personnel in the communities, and service delivery areas offering the right kind of care to all in need. “At the end of the course, we look forward to seeing a highly qualified and locally relevant therapist. We know Cameroon has many PWDs and physiotherapist consult everyone, especially those whose movements are compromised by anything. The class size is small and this will give us ample time to concentrate impact the right skills, he said. The course is being offered as part of the Rehabilitation Compass for Inclusion project with funds from AFAS Foundation through Liliane Foundation. With a strong national and international faculty, the training will equip students with evidence-based skills for a period that the course will last.