International and local medical professionals in paediatric gastroenterology, nutrition and liver gathered in Dubai for the Elite Paediatric Gastroenterology Congress taking place 27th – 29th of May, organised by Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC) and inaugurated by SKMC Chief Executive Officer Mr. Benjamin Frank Jr.
SKMC, managed by Cleveland Clinic, is part of the SEHA HealthSystem and owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC (SEHA), which is responsible for the curative activities of all the public hospitals and clinics in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
“This comprehensive scientific programme brings together a fascinating mix of professional speakers from every continent, all providing the crème de la crème of paediatric expertise, sharing their cutting edge studies through a wide range of educational sessions and presentations, making this annual gathering a must-attend for all our colleagues in the world of paediatric gastroenterology and nutrition, “ mentioned Mr. Benjamin Frank Jr..
The conference is sponsored by PASPGHAN (Pan Arab Gastroenterological Association) and endorsed by NASPGHAN (North American), BSPGHAN (British), LASPGHAN (Latin American), UMEMPS (Union of Middle Eastern & Mediterranean Paediatric Societies), IPA (International Paediatric Association), UAPS (Union of Arab Paediatric Societies)
“Many challenges surrounding the health, nutrition and well-being of children all over the world have lead experts to warn against the consequences that may occur if these challenges are not taken into serious consideration,” said Dr. Mohammed Miqdady, Chief of Paediatric Gastroenterology at SKMC, adjunct staff at Cleveland Clinic, USA and conference chairman. “We are gathered to achieve the same goal: a healthier future for our children emphasized Dr. Miqdady. “We have a commitment towards our children who make up more than a third of our population. In this regards, SKMC has taken the initiative to organize this important congress on an annual basis to keep up with developments in various topics on children’s nutrition and associated disorders and diseases and find new methods in treatments, management techniques and prevention, ” added Dr. Miqdady.
“Over 30 expert speakers from the UAE, GCC, Europe, USA, South America, and Africa are participating in the programme which includes recent advances and state of art lectures and workshops covering genetic, immunological, and clinical developments in the field of gastrointestinal disorders, liver diseases and nutrition, commented Dr. Amer Azaz, Consultant, Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates . “Our GI staff, and in association with the paediatric dieticians at SKMC are capable of handling sophisticated nutritional disorders in infancy and childhood, with the support of the most innovative techniques,” Dr Amer continued to add.
“At SKMC we not only provide the best care for our children in the management and prevention of any illness or disease, utilizing the best investigative techniques and innovative equipment, but we also have the best medical experts striving to provide the best health care for our children, because they are our future,” says Dr. Aref Al Shehhi, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at SKMC. “ With the UAE’s continuous support we will always be involved in local and global educational programmes and will continue sharing knowledge and finding solutions,” added Dr. Shehi.
“We are very proud with the outcome of the previous conferences and we are positive this congress will be a continuation of all the hard work exerted by all our colleagues from the various international paediatric networks. Therefore we have gathered again this year to discuss and share our clinical research and latest field knowledge to enhance this invaluable collaboration our health institutes in the UAE and all the participating international societies,,” said Dr. Abdulmajeed Al Zubaidi, Chief Medical Officer and consultant interventional cardiologist at SKMC.
Dr. Jamal Al Jubeh, Chairman of the Paediatric Department at SKMC said: “ The Elite Congress is designed to provide healthcare professionals involved in paediatric gastroenterology , liver and nutritional disorders with the latest evidence-based clinical data to highlight key solutions to the current challenges faced by paediatricians in the UAE and in the world. The Congress attributes to various interactive case studies and educational workshops shedding light on recent updates in topics related to liver transplantation”.
Dr. Miqdady enthusiastically added: “As part of our commitment to society to educate parents on the health and well-being of their children and in conjunction with the congress activities, we have included a Parent’s Educational Activity program on the last day of the Congress on Friday May 29th from 4 pm to 8 pm. There will be various lectures discussing different topics of concern with parents such as picky eaters, child obesity, nutrition, celiac disease and gluten free diets, food allergies, inflammatory bowel disease and much more,”.
SEHA has achieved great efforts in leading innovative developments in paediatric medicine to make this world a better place for our children and we thank them for their continuous efforts which has strengthened the objective of this meeting, which is giving our children a healthier tomorrow, “ concluded Dr. Miqdady.