Name: Delali Ed-Bansah
Qualification: Bsc. Physiotherapy
Secondary School/s attended: New Juaben Senior High School
Tertiary Institution/s attended: University of Ghana
- I got in to my job by getting a call. In my final year at university, a senior physiotherapist invited a class mate and I to help set up a physiotherapy center for an NGO because he noticed our passion for the course we were studying. The NGO known as ShareCare Ghana, serves children and adults with Neurological and Autoimmune conditions. The set up was mainly for the children. My class mate and I volunteered as physiotherapist to help out with attending to the children who came for therapy. We had to end our volunteer service there to undergo a one year compulsory internship as a requirement from our professional body after one’s university education.
After the year ended, I got a call 4 months later from the senior physiotherapist who invited me to help out with the NGO. He mentioned that he had to leave because of school so if I am okay with the offer I can fill in to attend to the children. And that was how I got into my current role as a physiotherapist at the NGO.
Aside this I work on a part time basis with the University of Ghana Sports Directorate where I attend to players who get injured on the field of play. I got this job by recommendation from a Senior Physiotherapy Lecturer at University of Ghana.
I also work with a special school for Children with developmental difficulties. This I also got by recommendation.
- My day usually starts at 5am and ends at 11:30pm
- On a typical day, I don’t have a typical working day. There are days I go to the NGO alone, there are days I go to the special school, and there are days I combine any of the two with going to the field when university interhall games are in session. I will describe a typical day at the NGO. I wake up by 5am to have my quiet time. I get to work by 9:00am. I put on my lap coat and get busy with the children. Mothers come to the center with their children who have neurological conditions, mainly Cerebral Palsy. They wait for their turn, to be attended to.
The therapy is done on a mat on the floor. So I sit with the children on the floor and have their sessions with them. The exercise or motor training routine is individually tailored to fit the child’s needs. A session lasts for about 45 minutes. On the days when few mothers report with their children, they enjoy an hour or more. I finish with the centre around 2:00pm. After which I go to the other places I have work if there is a need to and on few occasions I go home.
- The best part of my job is when the patients/clients I take care of start seeing improvement in their or their children’s physical abilities
- The worst part of my job is when I am not seeing any improvement after several weeks or months of doing therapy with my patients/ clients. It is very disheartening especially when you give them the tips on having great improvement and they don’t adhere to it. They end up not recovering well or fast.
Another aspect is when you explain to your patients the importance of physiotherapy in relation to their condition and they go elsewhere after they had had therapy for just a little time. Most of them end up coming to you in a worse state than they were the last time you saw them.
- A memorable moment I have had was when I volunteered for “A DAY OF HELP” which was organized by CEM. I was one of the physiotherapy volunteers and I was stationed at the tent for the children. A woman came in with her child who had cerebral palsy and she was sad that her child could not do anything for herself. And she had never heard of physiotherapy before. I assessed the child and explained to her the role physiotherapy can play in helping her child achieve some level of functional independence. I decided to take the child through some few routines she can be doing for her at home and that was when she saw that her child can actually sit, supporting herself with both hands. The woman was very excited and it gave me so much joy that the woman had hope again when she thought all hope was lost.
- Outside of work I still enjoy doing private volunteer work for people who can’t afford physiotherapy charges provided I have the time and volunteering for programs. I am involved with church activities. I am also a member of a Christian theatre group called BigStep Theatre where I serve as the welfare secretary and currently the costumes and assistant choreography director. I also enjoy cooking and I love trying out new snack recipes.
- My advise is, whatever you have in mind to do, commit it to God and trust Him to lead you to achieve it. Secondly when you have been told to see a physiotherapist or anyone close to you has been told to see a physiotherapist, do well to see one so that you don’t end up in the wrong hands. And If you are a young girl or boy who has intentions of becoming a physiotherapist, learn hard, get the grades required, apply to the university and enjoy the education or training even though it is not easy. At the end of the day you will be glad you made it into the profession