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1 March 2013 12:38 pm

Preterm labour can be prevented say Experts

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Doha, March 1- Many preterm labour can be avoided through prevention, treatment and care, local and international experts said at the third edition of the Sidra Symposia Series held here last night. Experts discussed the latest developments and effective care solutions for premature babies at the symposium hosted at Four Seasons Hotel here by Sidra Medical and Research Center, a member of Qatar Foundation for Science, Education and Community development. More than 120 professionals attended the event, from some of Qatar‘s leading medical institutions, including HMC, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar and the Supreme Council of Health. The discussion included presentations from Dr. Michael Katz, Senior Advisor of Trans disciplinary Research, the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, White Plains, New York, U.S; Dr. Hilal Al Rifai, Medical Director of Women’s Hospital, Director of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Director of Newborn Screening Programs, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Doha, Qatar; and Dr. Joachim Dudenhausen, Medical Advisor and Head of Medical Staff Services at Sidra Medical and Research Center, who also moderated the session. The Sidra Symposia Series is significant since an estimated 15 million babies are born prematurely, with one million of those unlikely to survive. The experts took attendees through topics including preterm birth from the global perspective; prevention and treatment of preterm labour; and the preterm newborn management and results in Qatar, before opening the floor to the audience for a question and answer session. “Many preterm labours are avoidable through prevention and care. As a hospital that will specialize in supporting women with high-risk pregnancies, Sidra aims to facilitate and contribute to the flow of information on this topic with the medical community, as well as the public,” said Dr. Dudenhausen. The third event in the Sidra Symposia Series aimed to help highlight the need for preterm birth awareness and increase the medical community s understanding of the issue, which can ultimately help ensure a preterm’s chance of life, or even prevent birth before 37 weeks. Speaking about preterm birth from the global perspective, Dr. Michael Katz, said, “The ultimate preventive measures require our understanding of the biological basis of this abnormality. However, there are some measures that can be applied even now, to reduce the incidence of preterm labour and the resulting prematurity.” The Sidra Symposia Series, launched in 2012, is an ongoing medical education programme that enhances understanding of clinical research and best practices in the areas of women’s and children’s health. Source:Qatar Chronicle