The Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines, a subspecialty organization of the Philippine Pediatric Society, traditionally holds its Annual Convention during the third week of February. Committed to being the leaders who provide relevant and timely education in the field of infectious diseases, the Organizing Committee under the leadership of Dr Edna Mallorca , Dr Mary Antonette Madrid and Dr Eva Dizon as Scientific Chair , together with the Board of Trustees had to make the ultimate decision to push through with the event despite growing concerns of Covid 19 . As of February 20, there were still no reported cases of local transmission and information on the SARS -CoV-2 was sparse. On hindsight, knowing now the far-reaching complications of the virus, we were extremely fortunate to have accomplished our objective.
The Philippines was reeling from the return of measles and polio and the Keynote Address given by Dr Rabindra R. Abeyasinghe , our WHO representative, gave a clear picture of the regional and global perspective with regard to vaccine preventable diseases. Dr Anna Ong-Lim, President of PIDSP, complemented his talk with emphasis on polio which figured prominently amongst the infectious disease highlights of the past year.
The rest of the programme showcased updates on the approach to the diagnosis and management of Multiple Drug Resistant Organisms , , Multiple Drug Resistant Tuberculosis, HIV, Diarrhea, Prolonged Fever and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Neonates and Dengue. Current concerns on Antimicrobial stewardship, AFP surveillance and Infection control were likewise discussed. Not to be missed, being strong advocates, were topics on immunization amongst special groups, vaccine scheduling and safety.
Preparing for every annual convention is challenging but worth the effort. Based on the substantial number of attendees who participate annually, and the positive and encouraging feedback from the medical community, the Society stays inspired and committed in leading the fight against childhood infectious diseases.
About the Contributor
Dr. Fatima Gimenez is the Vice President of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines ( 2020- 2022 ) . She is also the Chair of the Committee on Immunization of the Philippine Pediatric Society .