Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) Health Sciences Faculty students carried out awareness walk as part of the 8th of April National Physiotherapists Day. The walk that aimed to inform the public about physiotherapy materialised as a result of an EMU Health, Sports and Art Club- Health Sciences Faculty Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Club collaboration. Walking with a range of signs and placards, EMU Health Sciences Faculty Physiotherapy students and academic staff gave important messages to the Famagusta public such as “Famagusta Wake Up, Get to Action”, “Physiotherapist when exercise is mentioned” and “Barrier Free Famagusta”.
The walk that started at 4:00 p.m. from in front of the EMU Rector’s Office continued through the Salamis Road ending in front of the Famagusta Development Academy. EMU Health Sciences Faculty Dean Prof. Dr. Mehtap Malkoç, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Department Chair Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ender Angın, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Department academic staff and students were amongst those who participated in the event.
Providing a statement about the walk, EMU Health Sciences Faculty Dean Prof. Dr. Mehtap Malkoç stated that its aim was to raise awareness about physiotherapy. Touching upon the importance of exercise for an active life Prof. Dr. Malkoç noted that despite its important role in daily life and in the relief of pain, physiotherapy has a low recognition level. Prof. Dr. Mehtap Malkoç concluded by stating that their aim was to inform the public about exercise and physiotherapists’ duties via the walk.