Under the patronage of: Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences, the Arab Paediatric Medical Congress concludes in Dubai today, the event supported and sponsored by a number of leading medical authorities, The Health Ministers’ Council for GCC States, Saudi paediatric association, Dubai healthcare city, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, The University of Chicago Medicine “Comer Children’s Hospital, two of the top ten paediatric hospitals in the United States, American Hospital, Dubai and Pigeon company.
Prof. Tawfik A. M. Khoja Director General, Executive Board Health Ministers’ Council for Cooperation Council, presented a paper reviews studies on the prevalence of obesity and related nutrition-related non-communicable diseases in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman. Obesity is common among female in adolescents; while male adolescents have an equal or higher overweight prevalence.
“Among adults, overweight plus obesity rates are especially high in Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and especially among 30–60 year olds (70–85% among men; 75–88% among women), with lower levels among younger and elderly adults. The rate of increase in obesity was pronounced in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Prevalence of obesity is high among Kuwaiti and Saudi pre-schoolers (8–9%), while adolescent
overweight and obesity are among the highest in the world, with Kuwait having the highest rate (40–46%); however, comparison of child data is difficult because of differing standards”; said Prof. Tawfik A. M. Khoja.
“Lack of uniformity in reference standards and reporting systems renders comparisons difficult. Nevertheless, the high prevalence of childhood obesity in the Middle East should stimulate policy-makers in the region to set up effective national and regional surveillance systems” added Prof.Khoja.
Dr. Ayesha Abdullah, Managing Director, Dubai Healthcare City Authority-Regulator, presented at the panel discussion the Policies and Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes for Paediatric Patients, and raising awareness of the common paediatric and adolescent disorders in the community, and discussed government initiatives and strategies to overcome the challenges.
“About 20% of the services provided by the Dubai Healthcare City on children, and focuses on rehabilitation, where available centers specializing in psychiatry beside bones, nerves Centers, and comprehensive services in this area, the focus of future plans to attract the largest number of specialists in the field of rehabilitation for children”; said Managing Director, Dubai Healthcare City Authority-Regulator.
The second and third day of the event Included a number of presentations by local and international specialists and experts such as Dr.John M. Cunningham, MD, Vice Chair, Department of Paediatrics, Chief, Section of Pediatric Haematology and Oncology, University of Chicago Medicine, Comer’s Children Hospital who discussed Immunomodulation of the allogeneic stem cell graft in children with acute leukemia and lymphoma; also Dr. Ken K Nischal MD FRCOphth, Director, Childrens’ Eye Center of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh, has addressed Paediatric Corneal Opacities by reviewing 101 cases of pediatric corneal opacity and understanding the causes of visually blinding corneal diseases.
Dr. Nawal Al Kaabi, Head Infectious Diseases, Paediatric Residency Programme Director, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, presented a workshop about evidence use of antibiotic, and highlighted the rational use of antibiotics and strategies to avoid antibiotic resistance and adverse reactions, discussing interactive cases for specific uses of antibiotics.
Autism was one of the issues highlighted by Dr. BariahDardari, Head of Paediatric Dept., Al Zahra Hospital by presenting a case Study about managing Autism in Children, a review of the ten most clinically applicable studies in the last two years, and reviewing innovative therapy under research for Autism.