REPORT: FAOPS NEONATAL SYMPOSIUM CHILDRENS HOSPITAL-HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM
The Neonatal Symposium co-organised by 1 Children's hospital , Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam and FAOPS went on as scheduled on Friday the 14th of May. The final program is attached herewith. Myself and Dr Nandini Nagar another neonatologist from Bangalore , along with the local Neonatology chief were the faculty.
In the inuagural ceremony,I took the opportunity to explain to them about the FAOPS and invited them to become members of the organisation.
The symposium was attended by about 70 delegates from Ho Chi Minh city and neighbouring province. Most of them understood English , but for the benefit of some from the provinces there was official interpretation. We had the opportunity of taking a tour of the children's hospital, which is 1000 bedded with all Pediatric subspecialities. The 50 bedded NICU and 60 bedded PICU were impressive. They have advanced Neonatal work going on there and will be starting Nitric oxide in a few months time!! We also visited the Maternal and child health hospital which has a delivery rate of 60000 per year and has an NICU which is 80 bedded and always full!!
As such, Vietnam does not have Perinatal or Neonatal Association. This Symposium was an eye opener to them. They have decided to start a Perinatal association in the coming months and I hope that they will become official members of FAOPS at the NewDelhi Congress.
The key persons are:
- Dr Tang Chi Thoung, Director of the Children,s hospital.