Muscat: The first 'Oman International Paediatric Congress’ kicked-off on Thursday at the Grand Millennium, Muscat. The three-day congress aimed to shed light on management and prevention of serious paediatric disorders.
The convention focused on current issues and recent advances in metabolic and genetic disorders, paediatric neurology nutrition, gastroenterology, paediatric dermatology, infectious diseases, vaccines, behavioural disorders and much more.
Over the course of the event, key issues were discussed along with highlighting challenges and opportunities in Oman’s health and medical sector and helping shape new solutions to meet the paediatricians dynamic requirements.
A number of panel discussions and presentations on both common and rare conditions in children were hosted on Friday.
On Saturday, the congress presented three specialised workshops lead by well-known experts in the field.
Dr Doaa Said, managing director at Maarefah management, said, “We are glad to host this gathering of inter-disciplinary experts in the child healthcare in Oman, a country praised by the UN for its performance in childcare, and we are excited to see positive response as this platform managed to attract delegates from different countries in the GCC and other regions. We hope that this platform will grow over the years to attract more regional and international attendees”
Topics discussed at the event included – the management of Asthma, challenging cases in paediatric emergency medicine, vitamin deficiencies in children, vaccination best practices, genetic diseases in Oman, allergies in children and developmental conditions such as Autism.
The event featured a stellar line-up of speakers including - Her Highness Dr Khoula Al Said, senior consultant and chairperson, Paediatric Education Committee of peadiatric residency at OMSB and president of Oman Pediatric Society; Dr Amal Al Maani, senior consultant at Royal Hospital and director of Central Department of Infection Prevention & Control, and the directorate general for Disease Surveillance & Control, Ministry of Health Oman; and Saif Alyaarubi, senior consultant, Department of Child Health, Sultan Qaboos University Hospital (SQUH) and acting director of International Cooperation Department, director of International Affair Department, Oman Medical Specialty Board (OMSB).
The congress was supported by Oman Paediatric Society and the Oman Medical Association and aimed to improve the quality of life of children by gathering the leading experts to frame the most effective strategic approaches to common paediatric and adolescent healthcare challenges, as well as act as a knowledge-sharing platform for advances in medical and surgical developments.