A Newborn with Blue Lips

| Written by Fred Dabu


The next episode of the UP Webinar Series, “STOP COVID DEATHS: VIRTUAL GRAND ROUNDS”, to be held on August 28, from 12 noon to 2p.m., will focus on how pediatricians and other health care professionals respond to emergency cases involving pregnant women and newborns during the COVID-19 crisis.

Access to routine prenatal care became more difficult these past six months due to stricter health protocols, limited movement under the community quarantine, lack of funds for transportation, and inability of health facilities to cater to non-COVID cases. The pandemic also increased the risk factors for both mother and child, especially since congenital problems, the third leading cause of infant death, might go undetected. Before COVID-19, the mother and the unborn child’s conditions could easily be monitored and congenital problems even addressed at birth.

This webinar episode will examine a case of a newborn baby who was rushed to the hospital after having severe respiratory distress at home, manifesting bluish-purple lips and gasping for breath.  The infant had a serious congenital problem that was unnoticed at birth in a lying-in facility.

Resource speakers are:  Dr. Maria Consuelo Lopez-Apeles, Pediatric Surgery Fellow at the UP-Philippine General Hospital; Dr. Antonio Catangui, Chief of the UP-PGH Division of Pediatric Surgery; and, Dr. Anna Ong Lim, Section Chief of the Pediatric Infectious Disease, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, and President of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines.

This Webinar Series, “STOP COVID DEATHS: VIRTUAL GRAND ROUNDS”, the very first Online Medicine Grand Rounds in the Philippines, is hosted by the University of the Philippines, in partnership with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and the UP Manila National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Telehealth Center, and in cooperation with the UP Manila College of Medicine and the UP Philippine General Hospital.

Registration slots are limited, so sign up NOW at bit.ly/StopCOVIDDeathsWebinar19. Videos of the previous webinars can also be viewed and shared via the YouTube page of TVUP.