The World Physiotherapy Day is observed all over the world yearly, to generate awareness about the crucial contribution of the branch of PHYSIOTHERAPY  to medicine and the society, enabling people to be mobile, well, and independent. This is observed on 8th of September every year. This year the focus is on rehabilitation and COVID-19.

However, this is an opportunity to recognise the work that physiotherapists do for their patients and community. We have to educate the healthcare group and the general population on the benefits of appropriate Physiotherapy in healthcare delivery.

Physiotherapy, also Physical Therapy as referred to by the WCPT, is a health care profession concerned with human function and movement and maximising physical potential. It is concerned with identifying and maximising quality of life and movement potentials within the spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment/intervention, habilitation and rehabilitation.  It is science-based, committed to extending, applying, evaluating and reviewing the evidence that underpins and informs its practice and delivery.  The exercise of clinical judgement and informed interpretation is at its core.

The human body is remarkably easy to damage and break, by injuries or many other factors.  Physical therapists work to undo these damages, educate on healthy behaviour and to restore lost or damaged functionality. Physiotherapy basically employs non-invasive/physical means to restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, pain, illness or disability.  We are experts in developing and maintaining peoples’ ability to move and function throughout their lives.

At St. Mary’s, we have a fully functional and equipped Physiotherapy Department, which is manned by many physiotherapists, and with international collaborations with Physiotherapists from Germany.  The department aims to promote health and fitness in every patient’s life. It is managed by a team of highly qualified, skilled, experienced and MRTB Licensed physiotherapists who are grounded in manual therapy, electrotherapy, exercise therapy, manipulation, mobilization, strength training, K- taping, Bobath, balance training, fitness training, ergonomic advice and many other specialized techniques. We offer both in-patient and out-patient physiotherapy services; domiciliary services and follow up. The Units under the department include: Orthopedics, Neurophysiotherapy, Paediatrics, Obstetric and Gynecology, Cardiorespiratory, General Exercise /Fitness Centre, Yoga and Acupuncture.


Here are the most common medical conditions treated by our physical therapists:

1. Achilles Tendon Injury 2. Ankle Sprain
3. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis 4. Arthritis
5. Arthropathy 6. Back and Neck Pain
7. Bells Palsy 8. Birth Injuries
9. Birth Defects 10. Burns
11. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 12. Cancer pains
13. Cerebral Palsy 14. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
15. Concussion 16. Dislocations
17. Dizziness 18. Foot Pain
19. Fractures 20. Headaches
21. Huntington Disease 22. Knee pains
23. Ligament Injuries 24. Muscular dystrophies
25. Lumbar or Spinal Stenosis 26. Lymphoedema
27. Motor Vehicle Accidents 28. Neurological Conditions of Brain
29. Neurological Conditions of Spinal Cord 30. Neurological Conditions of Periph Nerves
31. Osteoarthritis 32. Osteoporosis
33. Parkinson Disease 34. Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
35. Preventive and Curative Fitness Exercises 36. Nerve Compression Injuries
37. Rheumatoid Arthritis 38. Rotator Cuff Injuries
39. Sports Injuries 40. Sciatica
41. Shoulder Dislocations 42. Shoulder Pain
43. Spinal Cord Injuries 44. Sprains
45. Strain 46. Stroke or Cardiovascular Accident.
47. Tennis or Golfers Elbow 48. TMJ Dysfunction
49. Vertigo 50. Whiplash Injury


St. Mary’s Physiotherapy offers patients exceptional care with a personalized treatment plan to suit your specific needs. We shall be offering FREE PHYSIOTHERAPY EVALUATIONS for all patients from 8th to 15th of September 2020, as part of our activities for the World Physiotherapy Day 2020.

For more information Call: 08061508619.


In line with our hospital’s vision of sustaining high quality health care delivery system, whilst still maintaining Covid-19 World Health Organisation’s protocols, the hospital has successfully launched a virtual learning platform in a spacious auditorium for clinical staff, administrative staff and students. This platform boasts of live coverage and consequently, interactions between the learners and the lecturers from both within and outside the country.

At the present, under the tutorship of Prof. Edith Declan from the department of Nursing in the University of Texas, U.S.A., and Sr. Dr. Maureen; Seminars are conducted under the following health management programmes:

  • Quality health care delivery
  • Pharmacy
  • Antenatal
  • Emergency

The hospital also uses this platform for clinical conference, committee meetings and other interactions to ensure complete adherence to social distancing and other preventive measures in the process of providing quality health care service.


In the bid to maintain the hospital’s staff training custom, the hospital engaged the services of Diplomatic Media Ltd, a USA based Hospital Management trainers with Nigerian head office in Abuja. The CEO, Dr. Cyriacus Emeka who gave the lecture tagged “Overview of hospital management and administration in a changing world” was accompanied by some professional members of his team. The seminar focused on:

  • Health care management
  • Proprietor and management relations
  • Staff and management relations
  • Doctors and nurses relations
  • Reward and payment of salary
  • Managerial functions and the key competences of a manager

Webinar for Training of Staff

Because of the pandemic, the hospital introduced a webinar for the training of the staff of the hospital to enhance clinical service delivery. In the webinar held on 8th May, 2020 by Professor Edith, a united state based nursing professor has charged all nurses to wear their PPE (Personal Preventive Equipment) while attending to patients and to treat them with love and care. In her own words’ “Your Patient Is Your Boss”

2020 WORLD GLAUCOMA WEEK FREE EYE SCREENING (9th to 16th March 2020)

The World Glaucoma Week kicked off on the 8th of March. In respect to the glaucoma week, the hospital ran a free eye pressure screening from the 9th to 16th of March. Every staff of the Eye Centre under the headship of the Eye doctor, Dr. Judith Ahunanya worked hard to ensure the week was a success. Patients flooded the eye clinic during this period.

Appointment of New Ag Administrator

Following the retirement of the Hospital Administrator, Mr. Cletus Uyaeme, Mr. Emmanuel-Bliss who has been working as the Financial controller of the hospital has been appointed by the Hospital management Board as the Ag Administrator. The board has charged him to work hard to achieve the Mission and Vision of the hospital.

The Physiotherapy Department

The Physiotherapy Department is growing gradually with the vision of becoming a state of the art facility, where people in Imo State and beyond can confidently refer their patients for rehabilitation.

We have added techniques and programs to accommodate more clients, and meet their health needs. These includes:

  • Antenatal Physiotherapy Lectures & Exercise The lectures are to prepare the expectant mothers both psychologically and physically for parturition. These hold every Thursdays of the week.
  • K-tapping Therapy: This technique was introduced by Physiotherapist Karin during the Medical Mission held in August 2019. It has since then been added to our techniques for musculoskeletal dysfunction management.

And a lot more are in the pipe-line. Therefore, it is better experienced than told.


The end of  year party/program of the hospital was held on the 13th day of December 2019.

It came with a lot of merriment and packages for the Staff, Students and Everyone Present.

It started with an opening remark by the Medical Director, Dr. Obi Onukogu who congratulated everyone Present for their hard work, achievements and co-ordination during the year. He also advised everyone to continue in their good and hard work and even put more effort as the hospital is steadily and rapidly matching towards catching up with the vision 2025.

The end of year party was a joyous occasion and it was heralded by a thanksgiving mass which was celebrated at the hospital auditorium.

Update On Gynaecology Department

The Gynaecology team within the month performed a complex surgery of open Myomectomy (removal of fibroid) with extraction of more than 50 fibroid nodules.

Myomectomy is a surgical procedure to remove uterine fibroids also called Leiomyomas.  These common noncancerous growths appear in the uterus. Uterine fibroids usually develop during child bearing years, but they can occur at any age.

The hospital performs routine open myomectomy for patients in our centre.

The patient uterus was returned back to shape after the surgery and the patient was discharged in a stable condition.

Visit Of The Catholic Bishop Of Orlu To Our Hospital

The hospital received the Catholic Bishop of Orlu Diocese, His lordship, very Rev. Dr Augustine Ukwuoma on Saturday the 7th of December, 2019. This was as part of his pastoral visit to Umuowa Community/ St Mary’s Catholic Parish Umuowa. He was accompanied by the Parish Priest Rev. Fr Amasiatu and others. He visited the sick and prayed for them and also helped to pay the bills of some indigent patients.

2019 Founder’s Day

The Hospital Founder’s Day which was also the 6th Year Anniversary of inauguration of the hospital to their permanent site was held on the 29th of November, 2019 with the theme “Healthy Community, Healthy Youth”. The event was a success as it recorded the presence of about 100 visitors including Umuowa Youths, representatives from health centers and hospitals within and outside the community. Pharmaceutical companies representatives and Rev Sisters were also in attendance.

The ceremony kicked off with welcome remarks by the Administrator, Sir Uyaeme Cletus. This was subsequently followed by lectures and many presentations by the nursing assistant students of the hospital. The first lecture was presented by Comr. Desmond Odunze, laying emphasis on Youths as leaders of Tomorrow. The second lecture was presented by Dr. Maryanne Joseph on the topic “The Role of the Youths in Maintaining a Healthy Society”. The lectures were concluded by the Medical Director who educated the youths and everyone present on the vision, mission and the future of the hospital which he tagged “Our Journey to Vision 2025.Finally awards were presented to some Umuowa Youths, encouraging them to join the train of the hospital vision and mission. The awards were presented by the representative of the President/ Founder (Rev. Fr. Dr. Sergus Duru )of the hospital Ichie Alloy Duruosimere.



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