For the past 34 years, the 1st of December has been synonymous with World’s AIDs day to raise awareness of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and those who live with this illness.
Because of advances in treatment many people living with HIV have a normal life expectancy and achieve an undetectable viral load which means HIV is un-transmissable and cannot be passed on. Consequently more people are living and ageing with HIV alongside other health conditions.
Just as with other long term conditions, physiotherapy plays a crucial role in making sure symptoms are managed and quality of life is maximised. Darren Brown, a physiotherapist specialising in the field of HIV, disability and rehabilitation sums this up when he says:
"Rehabilitation plays a critical role in supporting people living with HIV who experience episodic disability due to HIV, ageing or comorbidities, to optimise functioning and quality of life. Physiotherapists are central to disability inclusive responses to HIV care across high-, middle- and low-income settings."– Darren Brown
This year is a significant milestone as the Department of Physiotherapy, School of Health Sciences, The Assam Kaziranga University took an initiative to inaugurate the Physiotherapy Clinic on this day.
Our aim is to provide services that develop, maintain and restore people’s maximum movement and functional ability. We can help people at any stage of life, when movement and function are threatened by ageing, injury, diseases, disorders, conditions or environmental factors. Physiotherapists work within a wide variety of health settings to improve a broad range of physical problems associated with different 'systems' of the body. In particular they treat neuromuscular (brain and nerves), musculoskeletal (soft tissues, joints and bones), cardiovascular and respiratory systems (heart and lungs and associated physiology).
We are grateful for our chief guests- Dr. Prasenjit Bhattacharya (PT) and Dr. Ankur Jyoti Bora (PT) who took honor to inaugurate the Physiotherapy Clinic. We hereby make this opportunity to announce that the Physiotherapy Clinic will be open in working days from 3pm to 5pm.