The Physiotherapy Council of Kenya (PCK) docked at JKUAT, February 22, 2018 for its inaugural inspection of the Physiotherapy Programmes run by the University. Established in December 2014, the Council’s purpose is to exercise general supervision and control over the training and practice of physiotherapists in Kenya and to advise the Government in relation to all aspects thereof among other functions.
Welcoming the Council to the University on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellor in-charge of Academic Affairs, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo lauded the team and expressed optimism that the exercise will be useful in enhancing the quality of the Physiotherapy programmes hence producing competent graduates epitomising JKUAT’s Mission.
The Chair of the Council, Dr. Nassib Tawa extolled JKUAT for being the pioneers of Physiotherapy training in Universities saying “JKUAT has become a benchmark of Physiotherapy training and we as a Council are proud to be associated with the Institution.”
Dr. Nassib while acknowledging that this is the first inspection being undertaken by the council, elucidated that their mission is to partner with institution of higher learning and other professional bodies towards developing and promoting high standards of physiotherapy education, practice and research in the country.
The Principal College of Health Sciences, Prof. Haroun Mengech informed the gathering that he was grateful of the dynamic Physiotherapy staff and proud of the growth of the programme.
“Physiotherapy training in JKUAT has grown in leaps and bounds and as a college we are looking forward to working with accreditation bodies for the betterment of our courses,” averred Prof. Mengech.
Since inception in 2011, the programme has graduated over 120 students and currently has 198 undergraduate and 26 postgraduate students.
Accompanying the chair, the PCK team comprised of Leah Kabura of Commission for University Education, Douglas Kotut, Registrar PCK, Titus Kilika, Chief Physiotherapist Ministry of Health, Rehab Ngati, 47 County Representative PCK, Robert Mbajo, Private Sector Representative PCK and Betty Kiruki, Secretariat PCK.