Staff and Students Commemorate World Occupational Therapy Day

Dr. Daniel Kariuki the course coordinator addressing the students

The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences within the College of Health Sciences (COHES) at JKUAT marked the annual World Occupational Therapy Day with an event organized by the Occupational Therapy (OT) staff and students Friday, October 27, 2023.

The event dubbed ‘Unity through Community,’ was dedicated to enhancing the profession’s awareness and development. One of the notable activities during the event was wheelchair training.

The significance of occupational therapists in our society cannot be overstated, and this event aimed to create a common ground for practitioners and the community to foster collaboration, ultimately benefiting society as a whole.

Occupational Therapy (OT) is a healthcare profession that focuses on assisting individuals of all ages who are dealing with physical, developmental, or emotional challenges in their quest for independence and improvement in their everyday tasks or vocations.

Occupational therapists work with people experiencing impairments, injuries, or various health issues to enhance their overall well-being and quality of life.

Speaking during the celebrations, the programme coordinator, Dr. Daniel Kariuki stated that while occupational therapy is a relatively new course in the country, the department is in the process of seeking strategic partnerships to enhance the marketability of both the course and its students.

Mr. Luke McAuley having an interactive session with the students

“OT often involves working as part of a multidisciplinary team, so fostering effective teamwork is essential. Your passion for helping others and dedication to the profession, will be among your greatest assets therefore stay motivated and continue making a positive impact in the lives of your clients,” Dr. Kariuki said.

Mr. Luke McAuley, the Chief Guest and an Occupational Therapist at Kijabe Mission Hospital, offered valuable advice to the students. He highlighted the importance of prioritizing self-care and wellness, underscoring the physically demanding nature of the course.

He emphasized the need to maintain both physical and mental well-being to provide high-quality care.

“Spread awareness of occupational therapy by engaging in community outreach and education initiatives, this will help demystify the profession and highlight its role in improving lives,” he advised.

Mr. McAuley encouraged them to use the celebration as an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of occupational therapists and students in the field, share success stories, and recognize the positive impact of Occupational Therapy on people’s lives.

Ms. Mercy Wanza, the JKUAT Occupational Therapy Club Director provided additional guidance to the students. She advised them to set clear professional objectives and develop a plan to achieve them. According to her, this may involve pursuing higher qualifications, focusing on a specific field within occupational therapy, or exploring research opportunities.

A commemorative photo of some of the Occupational Therapy students and the guests

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