Speakers at a panel discussion hosted by Sidra Medical and Research Centre at the Four Seasons Hotel yesterday.
DOHA: Every year an estimated 15 million babies are born prematurely, with one million of those unlikely to survive. The latest developments in the identification, prevention and treatment of preterm labour were discussed at the third session of the Sidra Symposia Series, held yesterday with local and international experts taking part in a panel discussion.
Hosted by Sidra Medical and Research Center, the discussion included presentations from Dr Michael Katz, Senior Advisor of Transdisciplinary Research, the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, White Plains, New York; Dr Hilal Al Rifai, Medical Director of Women’s Hospital, Director of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Director of Newborn Screening Programmes, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC); and Dr Joachim Dudenhausen, Medical Advisor and Head of Medical Staff Services at Sidra Medical and Research Center, who also moderated the session.
The experts took guests 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.
Dr Dudenhausen said: “Many preterm labors 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.”
Dr Michael Katz, speaking about preterm birth from the global perspective, pointed out during the event that “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.”