Manila, Philippines – In pursuit of extending their expertise on Fetal Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN) and Pediatrics Surgery, doctors of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) came in full force last 28 September 2010 to participate in the Asian Fetal Teleconference 2010 of the International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society (IFMSS) held at the Science Hall, University of Manila.
The Asian Fetal Teleconference was organized by the Kyushu University as part of the initiatives of Southeast Asian doctors to improve prenatal outcomes through medical and surgical treatment.
“PGH has not really gotten into Fetal Surgery, however, we have conducted several activities in order to adopt it. One of the activities that we have, is attending teleconferences on Fetal Surgery, so we are able to learn experiences from other university hospitals,” said Dr. Serafin C. Hilvano, Chair of the Department of Surgery.
According to Dr. Anna Madamba-Burgos, Chief of the Section of Perinatology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, in terms of the development of Fetal Surgery, the PGH does not have the means to do surgery for severe cases of anomaly at present, however, if the patient had resources, the PGH could send them abroad for surgery.
“With regard to the less fortunate patients we see at the Philippine General Hospital, we try to make them reach a stage where they are more viable and then, that is when we refer them to the surgeon. If the patient has resources, we can send them abroad for surgery,” Dr. Burgos explained. “Doctors in our neighboring countries are always welcome here to operate our patients with severe cases.”
Said teleconference was also attended by specialists from big hospitals and members of the academe abroad. The National Taiwan University Hospital, National University Hospital of Singapore, University of Hong Kong and Seoul National University Bundang Hospital were the international universities which took part in subject event.
The PGH, through the National Telehealth Center, has been actively participating in the IFMSS teleconferences since 2007.
Medical teleconferencing, popularly known as telemedicine, has a significant role in a continuous medical education and delivery of “real-time medicine.”
It is one of the activities assisted by the Philippine Research, Education and Government Information Network, known as the “PREGINET,” which is one of the projects of the Advanced Science and Technology Institute, a research and development agency attached to the Department of Science and Technology.