SIMAD University held today the first medical conference in Mogadishu. Doctors, researchers, medical professors, medical students, practitioners, health officers from the ministry of health and other distinguished guests participated at the conference. The conference was held at Jazeera Hotel in Mogadishu.
SU rector, Dahir Hassan Arab together with Nasra Ahmed, the director of research and development center of SIMAD opened the conference and welcomed all the guests.
During the conference, it was focused three pressing health issues that currently the Somali communities are struggling with. The surge in cancer cases, the antibiotic resistance crisis, and Obstetric and gynecologic malpractices in Somalia were the addressed subject matter during all the sessions.
Dr. Mohamed Yusuf, Chairman of Somali Medical Association and Director of Madina Hospital is addressed the conference and suggested to establish the “Somali medical journal, which all the medical pieces of writing will be published, he also suggested finding the solutions of Somali health crisis through research and publications.
Distinguished guest Abdirashid Khalif, director of The Heritage Institute addressed the conference and suggested to establish youth associations and pressure groups to prevent any medical falsifications done by either government or doctors. “The medical issue is something collective, so it should be focused together," Abdirashid said.
Dr. Ali Bashi Omar, Ophthalmologist and President of Somali Ophthalmologist Association also addressed to the forum and remarked that many Somali people die due to the wrong prescriptions. "Our Country should have a national plan to control the crisis of antibiotic resistance in our community" Dr. Ali Bashi added.
Professor Abdiaziz Sheikh Mohamud, Lecturer of immunology at SIMAD university suggested a presentation about "the crisis of an antibiotic resistance" and chaired a session on the same topic, during this session Prof Abiaziz and the participated doctors suggested insights about how the misuse of antibiotics deteriorates the diseases, they put forward to make National Antibiotic Prescription plan is important to avoid the misuse of penicillin.
Dr. Zahra Awad, obstetrician and gynecologist at Al-Zahra Specialty Hospital was also given a talk to the conference and focused “the OBGYN Malpractices and Wrong perceptions In Somalia versus the Correct OBGYN practices” she concluded that “A healthy child can come from a healthy Mom so that the mothers should take balanced diet, and vitamin pills during the pregnancy and breastfeeding time”
After panel discussions and questions from the participants to the panelists, finally, the Dean of the faculty of medicine at SIMAD University together with the SU rector Ustad Dahir Hassan Arab concluded the event and again thanked all honored and distinguished guests of the conference.
SIMAD University promised that this conference will be annual based, and the next conference will have papers.