The videoconference «Noncommunicable diseases with reference to COVID-19 pandemic in the Republic of Belarus» took place. It was organized under the auspices of the Belarusian Public Medical Association “Endocrinology and Metabolism”, the Belarusian Respiratory Society, the Belarusian Psychiatric Association, the Belarusian Public Medical Association “Clinical Pharmacology and Therapy”, Belarusian Republican Gerontological Public Association, Association of Russian-Speaking Experts in the field of Respiratory Medicine (ARSRM).
Experts from the Belarusian State Medical University participated in the videoconference and presented thoughtful reports on relevant topics.
Alla Shepelkevich, doctor of medical sciences, professor of the Department of Endocrinology, Chairman of the Belarusian Public Medical Association “Endocrinology and Metabolism” gave a lecture entitled “Endocrine Diseases and COVID-19: How to Help a Patient?”.
Angelica Solntseva, doctor of medical sciences, professor of the 1st Department of Pediatric Diseases of the Belarusian State Medical University, Chief non-staff pediatric endocrinologist of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus presented the report dedicated to the peculiarities of providing medical assistance to children with endocrinopathies during COVID-19 pandemic.
Larisa Gavrilenko, candidate of medical sciences, assistant professor of the Department of Clinical Pharmacology of the Belarusian State Medical University, Chief non-staff specialist in clinical pharmacology of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Belarus, Chairman of the Belarusian Public Medical Association “Clinical Pharmacology and Therapy” gave attention to very interesting topic and presented her report entitled “What do we know/don’t know about the drugs for treatment of patients with COVID-19”.
Problems of managing hematology and oncology patients during the COVID-19 pandemic were outlined by Igor Stoma, candidate of medical sciences, associate professor of the Department of Infectious Diseases of the Belarusian State Medical University, leading researcher of the Minsk Scientific and Practical Center of Surgery, Transplantology and Hematology, Chairman of the ESCMID-affiliated working group on infections in hematology, transplantology and oncology.
Oleg Skugarevsky, doctor of medical sciences, professor, Head of the Department of Psychiatry and Medical Psychology of the Belarusian State Medical University, Chairman of the Belarusian Psychiatric Association focused on psychological, psychiatric consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The participants of the videoconference emphasized that we are living in a difficult time when we simultaneously face new coronavirus COVID-19 and well-known noncommunicable diseases, which have been the main cause of health problems and mortality in patients in recent years. Moreover, the situation is aggravated by a huge flow of information, which is often not structured and rather contradictory. Therefore, it is important to find out the opinion of leading Belarusian experts in the field of noncommunicable diseases, because they are able to present not only the analysis of international data, but also share their own medical experience. Thus, some support will be provided to practitioners in their professional activities.
The experts answered all questions from colleagues who watched the videoconference both in on-line and off-line format.
Author: Oksana Kurbeko, spokesperson
Photo: Alla Shepelkevich
Translation: Varvara Boika