Health professionals meet on pregnancy, childbirth

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HEALTH professionals in the field of pregnancy and childbirth met this week to deliberate of best practices and new developments as part of the 10th National Perinatal Symposium.

The Symposium, officiated yesterday at the Dewan Al-‘Afiah by the Minsiter of Health Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Hj Adanan Begawan Pehin Siraja Khatib Dato Seri Setia Hj Mohd Yusof , was split into two parts for the first time this year; a workshop on Friday, followed by eight presentations on Sunday.

Co-Chairperson of the Symposium, Associate Professor and Consultant in Neonatology at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital (RIPAS) Dr Elizabeth Chong said that the response had been very positive, with 160 participants attending the workshop which intially targeted an audience of 120.

“A New Chapter – Moving Forward, Caring for Babies and Mothers” is this year’s theme, which she added is apt in marking the soon-to-be opening of the new Women’s and Children’s Building at RIPAS.

Guest speakers Professor of Pediatrics Andrew Wilkinson from Oxford University listed the organisation of neonatal services in the United Kingdom, while Professor Neena Modi from Imperial College London explained the how neonatology – which specialises in the care of newborns – can be applied to everyday practice.

A fourth international speaker, State Director of the Newborn and Childrens’ Emergency Transport Service from New South Wales in Australia, Dr Andrew Berry deliberated on keeping the transport of mother s and children safe.

A Children’s Art Competition separated into lower and upper primary was also held in conjunction with the Symposium, with winners from the 345 entries awarded by the Minister of Health.

Occupational Therapist at RIPAS T’sara Abdullah Chen, Tisa from the Health Promotion Centre and Fadhillah from QPM judged the artwork.

The Brunei Times