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12/03/2013 – End of Congress

On Sunday, 3rd March 2013, the “5th South East European Congress of Perinatal Medicine” (5th SEECPM) and the “4th Pan-Hellenic Congress on Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology” (4th HCUOG) came to a successful conclusion, in the presence of 700 participants.

Greek and international guest speakers discussed important scientific issues focusing on perinatal morbidity, the increase and management of twin pregnancies, assisted reproductive techniques, oncology in gynecology and the alarming increase of Cesarean sections.

Upon the conclusion of the two congresses, Apostolos Athanasiadis, Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology of the University of Thessaloniki and President of the 5th SEECPM Organizing Committee, stressed the impressive turnout in numbers and quality of both speakers and participants. He stated, “A congress of high scientific value and importance has been concluded, perhaps one of the most important in recent years, in regards to the conclusions and decisions made. We discussed issues on ultrasonography in obstetrics and gynecology and we placed great emphasis on the fight against the rising frequency of Cesarean sections, the investigation of pain by endometriosis as well as the handling of twins. We also discussed the extremely important issue, regarding the lack of record keeping and issuance of special certificates in cases of infant deaths. It is truly astonishing that, in cases of infant deaths, the prevailing norm is to issue adult death certificates with heart attack, cancer etc. named as probable causes of death, which has led to a total lack of awareness in our country, regarding the number of infants dying or suffering from illness, let alone the type of illness. We have, therefore, unanimously decided to establish a special committee charged with the responsibility of recording perinatal morbidity in the 13 member countries of the South East European Society of Perinatal Medicine”.

Finally, during the course of the 5th SEECPM, the President Elect inauguration took place, during which Prof. Apostolos Athanasiadis was entrusted the Presidency of the South East European Society of Perinatal Medicine for the next two years.

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