Supreme Council for Health (SCE) Chairman Lieutenant General Dr Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa on Friday opened the first Bahrain International Obstetrics and Gynaecology Conference at the Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel in Manama.
Organised by the Arabian Gulf University (AGU), in partnership with the Labour Fund “Tamkeen”, the conference witnesses wide local, regional and international participation, while Lt-Gen Dr Shaikh Mohammed commented that “organising this conference certainly contributes to the improvement of the healthcare provided to patients”.
Lt-Gen Dr Shaikh Mohammed further commented: “The healthcare system in Bahrain has witnessed major achievements in the past decade, as the Government of Bahrain is committed to providing comprehensive healthcare. The maternity services had enormous improvements in the last years, shifting from home deliveries conducted by traditional non-trained personnel to midwifery-based care and finally to hospital based care.”
In his speech during the opening ceremony of the conference, SCE Chairman reviewed with the attendees some of the latest related statistics, mentioning that the total annual births in the kingdom has reached 20,718 in (2017), with 82% of all deliveries conducted at governmental hospitals.
“We are proud that 99.7% of deliveries are attended by skilled heath care personal. The national Caesarean section rate remains low at 28% with a low rate of morbidity comparable to international standards. The maternal mortality rate per 100,000 live birth has dropped from 22.8 in 2011 to 14.6 in 2017, the perinatal mortality rate per 1000 live birth was reduced from 27.4 (1985) to 8.6 in (2017), placing the Kingdom of Bahrain among the most advanced countries in the world in this field,” Lt-Gen Dr Shaikh Mohammed stated.
However, Lt-Gen Dr Shaikh Mohammed added: “Despite these achievements, there are great challenges facing the specialty in the kingdom, mainly the increasing preterm birth rates which have risen dramatically in Bahrain from 64 per 1000 live birth in 1985 to 105.4 in 2017, consistently with the increase in multiple pregnancy rates.”
Held under the theme “Recent Advances in Women's Health” and attended by around 200 individuals working in the health sector, the conference saw the participation of individuals from GCC States, including the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, while it hosts speakers from Lebanon, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Switzerland, Norway, Italy, Greece and Czech Republic.
For his part, AGU President Dr Khalid Abdulrahman Al Ohaly pointed out that many reports of the World Health Organisation (WHO) have stressed on the importance of scientific research and clinical studies to develop many means of prevention and treatment, contributing to the improvement of the quality of life and extending the lives of women, preserving the child’s health, and reducing the therapeutic costs involved in dealing with the consequences of health problems.
Dr Al Ohaly commented: “On the basis of its regional role, AGU is working to push towards achieving health strategies that have been developed by both the United Nations and WHO within its goals, with the aim to work on scientific and clinical research that represent a strategic challenge for the GCC societies.”
He added: “For this purpose, AGU organised many scientific conferences and specialised workshops that brought together a select group of international experts, aiming to promoting research and development, building and improving innovative capabilities and transferring integrated health technologies.”
Additionally, the President of the University noted that the results of the WHO reports have shown that health interventions based on research in different continents of the world have contributed to improving child and maternal health as stated in the fourth and fifth goals of the millennium goals.
As for the President of the Conference Dr Diaa Rizk, he explained that conference discusses several recent scientific developments witnessed by the field of obstetrics and gynaecology, clarifying that this filed is experiencing developments that are dividing it to a group of subspecialties that contributed to the development of treatment and prevention.
Dr Rizk explained further on such specialties, stating that the urinary tract in obstetrics and gynaecology (uro-gynaecology) has become a delicate specialty that deals with involuntary urination and uterine prolapse, adding that it previously fell under the specialties of urology.
He also said that this delicate medical specialty provided many advanced drug and surgical treatments that have contributed to improving women's health in general, adding that the advanced management techniques for childbirth made available nowadays by modern science have contributed to avoiding many diseases that are related to uterine prolapse.
The conference also addresses recent developments in the field of treating gynaecological oncology, as well as the advanced technologies in the comprehensive examination for early detection of tumours and the modern vaccines that work efficiently to prevent them.
Dr Rizk added that the conference sheds light on several important topics, such as the new methods for treating fertility and reproductive impairment, and the recent developments in this field, scientific developments in the field of foetal medicine and pregnant women, early detection of foetus congenital malformations through ultrasound and measurement of signs of deformity through blood test signs, in addition to advanced treatments for diabetes and hypertension during pregnancy.
Additionally, the results of 10 recent clinical researches are presented during the conference, which also hosts two specialised workshops. Awards for the best scientific presentation and best research poster have been allocated to be presented to the winners by the end of the event, and an exhibition for health centres and contributing companies is held on the side-lines of the conference. It’s worth mentioning that the first Bahrain International Obstetrics and Gynaecology Conference is supported by Bahrain Gas “Banagas” and Al Baraka Banking Group.