“Neck pain self-management”

Many gathered at the Sheik Khalifa auditorium on Friday 5th July to hear what the physio therapy team (MOH) had to share about neck pain self-management. Mrs. Ferley informed participants on the different causes of neck pains and how it can be prevented and addressed. Mrs Ferley highlighted the way handbags are carried as one of the causes and suggested that back packs are used instead. She also suggested that we become more  mindful of how we carry our shopping bags and recommended that loads are shared equally as a mean of prevention.

Mrs Nadia Valentin followed to provide some head and neck exercises that are considered ideal to strengthen the neck muscles and also help alleviate some of the pain if ever present.

We hope you enjoyed this session and we look forward to seeing more of you in future sessions.

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“The National Day for Persons with Disabilities” 12.07.2019

Although not much publicity was done to advertise the day, pockets of activities were organized by groups of people working closely with people with disabilities, to help commemorate this day. The National Council for the Disabled (NCFD) for example, organized a mini sporting event where athletes from the Seychelles Special Olympics and clients being supported by the Occupational Therapy Unit met on the greens of the Victoria Music Stadium for friendly matches and competitions.

During the afternoon, a group of people following speech therapy met on the outskirt of the town, at Botanical Garden. Members of the group had the opportunity to explore the flora and learned about the different plants  in the garden.

Despite the rain, all participants had a wonderful time. HPC hopes that more allied health professionals observe this day in the coming year. HPC also encourages ALL Allied Health Professionals t0 try their best to consider accessibility and inclusion when providing services to this group of people within our communities and society.

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“Allied Health Professionals attended Primary Health Care Conference” 13.07.2019

On Saturday 13th July 2019, a group of Allied Health Professionals gathered at the AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resourt & Spa to attend the Seychelles major Primary Health Care Conference. The 3-day conference was held from the 11-13th July, under the theme “Lasante Pour Nou Tou, Partou e Par Nou Tou” and was an initiative of the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO).

The conference provided participants  and key stakeholders the platform needed to reflect on strengths, weaknesses and brainstorm the way forward. Allied Health Professionals who attended the conference had the opportunity to voice out their concerns and opinions, as well as put forward recommendations for change.

Most Allied Health Professionals welcomed the conference and anticipate to see change within the country’s Primary Health Care System.  Some Allied Health Professionals acknowledged that there are a lot of positive practices in the Seychelles’ current primary health care system and these practices need to be shared. Others recommended that communication and availability of resources are improved to facilitate both the patients and health worker.

Primary health care is fundamental to a country, especially in the areas of health prevention, health protection and health promotion.