With streaked protocols to apply all precautionary and preventive measures by the health authorities in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai recently hosted the “6th Annual MENA International Orthopaedic Congress", as a hybrid congress with the physical presence and virtual participation for more than 450 specialists in this field from 20 countries around the world; with the support of the leading health authorities in the country and the organization of Maarefah Management.

Congress Chairman -Dr. Zaid Al-Obaidi, Consultant Pediatric Orthopedic and Pediatric Spine Surgeon, Head of Pediatric Orthopedic and Pediatric Spine Unit, Al Zahra Hospital Dubai, UAE- stressed the importance of holding this first scientific conference in the post-Covid-19 pandemic era, which included physical and virtual participation of specialists in the field from different parts of the world, as such meetings enhance the leadership of the United Arab Emirates in the field of specialized medical conferences; and he urged the importance of discussing the most pressing medical topics and highlight the latest treatments by local and international doctors.

“The most prominent topics discussed in this pioneering conference included the latest treatments for orthopedic problems and fractures in children and adults, and the specialists also focused on the problems of the back, pelvis, lower limbs, and lower limb fractures in children; Dr. Zaid also mentioned that the conference speakers discussed the various treatment methods for children, and their presentations included the latest treatments in the field of orthopedics. The conference also included panel discussions where participants discussed the modern methods of fixation and adjustment of the back and rapid treatment methods for patients added. Dr. Zaid Al-Obaidi 

Dr. Hayder Saleh Al Saadi Consultant Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgeon, Rashid Hospital-Dubai, UAE and sientific Committee Chairman said. We are very proud of the conference success as being the first medical meeting to be held in the region during the post-Covid-19 pandemic era, while ensuring we adherence to the highest standards of preventive measures which included the commitment of all attendees to wear masks and maintain appropriate physical distance.

Dr. Hayder Al-Saadi also pointed out that the conference activities included the actual attendance of the orthopedics specialists who discussed the most prominent topics in this field with the participation of a number of doctors from different countries through teleconferencing techniques.

Dr. Haider Al-Saadi explained that the conference was held over a period of three days, during the first day a group of specialists discussed many of the most important issues in this field, in addition to a workshop on bone fractures in children and the latest techniques in treatment, as well as the use of fixation with a metal plate after modifying the bone deviation. During the activities of the second day of the conference, the remote presentations of orthopedic surgeons from different countries discussed complex spine surgeries and how to adopt the latest methods in the use of endoscopes in spine surgery as well as pelvic fracture surgery; while during the activities of the third day, the participants discussed knee surgery and multiple trauma surgeries. And among the most prominent topics discussed by the conference speakers was how surgeons adopt the highest preventive standards during surgery in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

 Mr. Waleed Refaay, Chief Operating Officer at Maarefah Management the organizers of the congress, said: “We are proud of the UAE’s commitment to the highest international standards in precautionary and preventive measures. We are pleased with the success of the activities of 6th MENA International Orthopaedic Congress as the first medical conference to be held in the region in the post-Covid-19 phase, with physical attendance while adhering to all established preventive measures.

Hospitals and medical companies supporting this year's MENA International Orthopaedic Congress include Al Zahra Hospital Dubai, "EOC" for the distribution of medical and pharmaceutical products, "Proxy Medical Tradin", "Zahrawi", and "Al Mazroui" for medical supplies. And chemical, and many leading health authorities in the country.

Source: Maarefah Management