Victoria University Kampala signed a partnership with India’s PhysioNeeds Academy that will see the two learning institutions undertake enable research collaboration. The Memorundum of Understanding (MoU) was signed during a two day workshop at the first week of July.
The workshop was conducted to train Victoria University students with basic skills in handling patients using Dry Needling approach. The workshop attracted students pursing diplomas, degrees and certificates in physiotherapy, nursing, midwifery, clinical medicine among other human science professionals.
Victoria University the acting Vice Chancellor, Joseph Nyakana signed the MoU on behalf of Victoria University and Dr. Chakshu Kathuria, the Chief Executive Officer, for PhysioNeeds Academy. Dr. Krishna N. Sharma, the dean Faculty of Health Sciences at Victoria University, says the MOU will enable research collaboration between the two universities.
Kathuria is going to work as Victoria University international collaborator in India to secure international internships. The agreement also provides for joint certificate and diploma programs as well as capacity building.
“I am excited with this collaboration and we are looking for more similar programs to make our students best so that they may work anywhere in the world without any gap.”
Kathuria has been teaching physiotherapy for more than 7 years in around 5 Asian and Middle East countries. Dr. Kathuria launched her book “Comprehensive Dry Needling”, a study program she has also introduced at the university.
Commenting on Dry Needling as a form of physiotherapy treatment said: “We are training them to prepare them for international standards so as to compete globally. In Africa, the program is currently offered only in South Africa,”.
According to Kathuria, dry needling is a technique physical therapists use to treat myofascial pain. She explained that a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, is inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, known as trigger points.
“A trigger point is a taut band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points can be tender to the touch, and touching a trigger point may cause pain to other parts of the body,” she says.