PAKISTAN PHYSICAL THERAPY COUNCIL! OPPORTUNITIES & CHALLENGES
Pakistan Located in South Asia, Pakistan shares an eastern border with India and north-eastern border with China. Iran makes up the country’s south-west border, and Afghanistan runs along its western and northern edge. The Arabian Sea is Pakistan’s southern boundary with 1,064 km of coastline. The Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan provides for a Federal Parliamentary System of government, with the President as the Head of State and the popularly elected Prime Minister as Head of government. The Federal Legislature is a bicameral Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament), composed of the National Assembly and the Senate.
The majority of members in the National Assembly nominate a member as Prime Minister from amongst themselves. That individual is then appointed as Prime Minister by the President from among the members of the National Assembly. The Prime Minister is assisted by the Federal Cabinet, a council of ministers whose members are appointed by the President on the advice of the Prime Minister.
The Constitution sets out the procedure to be followed for promulgating a statute. Broadly, this requires a Bill to be passed by both Houses of Parliament – the National Assembly and the Senate. Upon a Bill’s passage through both Houses, it is presented to the President of Pakistan for assent and becomes an Act of Parliament upon receiving such assent. In the absence of the National Assembly, statutes are promulgated by the President pursuant to Article 89(1) of the Constitution. Under this Article, the President may, if satisfied that circumstances exist which render it necessary to take immediate action, make and promulgate an Ordinance. Such Ordinances have the same force and effect as an Act of Parliament. A similar power is bestowed upon Provincial Governors by Article 128(1) of the Constitution in respect of matters falling within provincial legislative authority.
Pakistan is going to be the nation with most no of young and technical sound workforce in upcoming decade. This speedy expansion and socioeconomic development appears to have a detrimental impact on the health of people. The profession of Physical Therapy may be in an extraordinary position to tackle this issue by providing quality care and health promoting interventions.
After principal approval of Pakistan physical therapy council on 3rd may 2018 by federal cabinet of Pakistan, Pakistan Physical therapy council will establish in six month or in a year or so the council will have to go through very critical situations to maintain its dignity among professionals as well as to streamline the profession in academics & clinical settings with core standards and competencies. Considering the population of Pakistan there is a huge requirement of qualified physical therapists who can work in primary, secondary and tertiary health care sectors. The need and demand for physical therapy is very high in the country but at the same time quackery of the profession need to be halted.
Curriculum of physical therapy covers theoretical background that improves the comprehension abilities of physical therapists that help them to serve as an expert in movement dysfunctions. Early clinical exposure to different types of patient’s right from undergraduate education give clinical confidence .Practical experience can help develop more skills that text book even cant! Effective communication due to higher contact time does wonderful things in term of patient beliefs and can be seen in urban areas of the country.
Physical therapists have really entrepreneurial potential to start new clinics especially in rural areas for the development of this profession in country. There is need to develop Evidence based practice and it should be the part and parcel of clinical education for skill full professionals .There is need for cost effective continuous physical therapy education and fellowship programs for professional development.
There is increasing trend of physical therapy home care visits which have growing challenges from home care providing agencies. In our country we need to make people aware that they should ask for the professional registration/License with the council or qualification of the physical therapist. This step will legally stop the quackery among physical therapy professionals, a real big challenge for the council. Availability of hospital jobs at THQ, DHQ and tertiary care hospitals and acceptance as professionals among medical and allied medical practitioners is also a contest for the council in future.
Pakistan physical therapy council need to take care of educational, clinical,social ,legislative ,ethical issues of physical therapy profession and professionals along with patient care ,practice administration, evidence based research and licensure on immediate basis after its establishment otherwise it become big challenges in future.