Oko-Irese, Kwara State, Nigeria
November 11, 2023
In a commendable display of community service and practical application of academic knowledge, the 300 level Physiotherapy students at Thomas Adewumi University presented their Community-Based Experience Skill (COBES) reports last week. The three-week programme is aimed at fostering community engagement and hands-on experience in the vibrant community of Oke-Ose, Ilorin, Kwara State.
The COBES initiative is an integral part of the University's curriculum designed to provide students with real-world exposure and enhance their skills in community-based healthcare, helping the students to develop empathy and team spirit. This year, the Physiotherapy students immersed themselves in Oke-Ose, collaborating with local healthcare facilities and actively participating in community outreach programs. The COBES reports presented by the students highlighted their experiences, the challenges faced, and the impact of their interventions on the health and well-being of the Oke-Ose community. The projects undertaken ranged from living in a new community, associating with the community members, house-to-house assessments, communicating with the people and the practical experience, demonstrating the students' commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of the people they served.
Dr. Godwin Adunmo, the Dean of the Faculty of Basic Medical & Health Sciences commended the students for their dedication and the quality of time well spent in the Oke-Ose community. The COBES program is not just about acquiring technical skills; it's about developing a sense of responsibility and empathy towards the communities we serve. The students have not only applied their theoretical knowledge but have also demonstrated a deep understanding of the social determinants of health. Dr. Saliu Akinwale, the Head of the Department of Physiotherapy also appreciated the students for the detailed report presented to the University community and for their behaviour and respect for their host community.
As part of the presentation, students showcased before-and-after scenarios, illustrating the impact of their interventions on the health outcomes of individuals within the community. The reports also emphasized the importance of sustainable healthcare practices and the need for ongoing collaboration between academic institutions and local communities. The COBES presentation concluded with a question-and-answer session, allowing faculty members and students to engage in a meaningful dialogue about the challenges and opportunities encountered during the program. The event served as a platform for knowledge exchange and further strengthened the University's commitment to community-oriented education.
In closing, the success of the COBES programme at Oke-Ose community reflects the institution's dedication to producing well-rounded professionals who are not only proficient in their respective fields but also socially responsible and actively engaged in community development.