On May 23, 2020, a regular meeting of Odessa Association of Pediatricians and Neonatologists was held in the form of a webinar on “Clinical and bioethical problems of coronavirus infection.” The event was held with the participation and support of the Department of Health of the Odessa Regional State Administration, the Department of Health of the Odessa Regional Council and Odessa Regional Children’s Clinical Hospital.
More than 57 neonatologists, pediatricians, therapists, family doctors, anesthesiologists and doctors of other specialties from different regions and the capital of Ukraine were registered on the ZOOM online platform for conferences. The event was watched live by 345 people on Facebook.
The webinar was opened by the head of the Association, corresponding member of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, professor, doctor of medical sciences, Aryaev M.L.. He addressed the participants with a welcoming speech and confirmed the need to study all aspects of COVID-19. The first speaker was Professor, Head of the Department of Pediatric Infectious Diseases of the National Medical University named after O.O. Bohomolets, Serhiy Oleksandrovych Kramarev presenting information on the topic: “COVID-19 in children: features of diagnosis and treatment.” The report presents the features of the clinical course of coronavirus infection in children. The principles of testing and diagnostics of COVID-19 in children were discussed. The latest data on the prevalence of coronavirus infections among children in Ukraine were presented.
The second speaker was the Head of the Department of Pediatrics of Chisinau State University of Medicine and Pharmacology, Mykola Testemitsanu, Professor Nellie Yukhimivna Revenko – made a report on “Autoimmune pathology and COVID-19 in children.” Particular attention was paid to the risks of development and features of COVID-19 in children with autoimmune diseases.
The third speaker was Ihor Mikhailovich Shevchenko, Associate Professor of the Department of Pediatrics, #1 of ONMedU, who made a report: “Bioethical problems of medical activity during epidemics and pandemics, ethical algorithm for eliminating infections on the example of COVID-19.” The history of the worst pandemics in human history was presented in chronological order. Criteria of especially dangerous quarantine infections according to the International medical sanitary rules were shown. The principles and positions of the bioethics of pandemics were also discussed. The links to the necessary documentary and legislative resources were given.
At the end of the reports, the participants of the webinar had the opportunity to ask questions and receive qualified answers, communicate via ZOOM chat. At the end of the webinar, held free of charge, all the participants passed a test control and received electronic certificates.Odessa Association of Pediatricians and Neonatologists thanks all participants of the webinar for active participation and invites to such events in the future.