UP Stop COVID Deaths webinar takes on the case of “A Special Infant with COVID”

| Written by Celeste Ann Castillo Llaneta


Staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic is much more challenging for people with underlying health issues and compromised immune systems. This vulnerable demographic includes not only senior adults and people with co-morbidities but newborn infants with congenital defects as well.

Congenital defects rank among the 20 leading causes of death for all ages in the Philippines and the third leading cause of death among newborns. The factors that impact a child’s congenital development, both genetic and environmental, highlight the importance of pre-natal care and nutrition of females of reproductive age. Saving the life of a child with a congenital defect requires immediate diagnosis and surgery, both of which are made even riskier in the context of a pandemic.

The 27th installment in the UP webinar series “STOP COVID DEATHS: VIRTUAL GRAND ROUNDS”, the very first online medical grand rounds in the Philippines, will focus on the case of “A Special Infant with COVID”—a 12-day old infant with pneumonia and multiple congenital abnormalities, including a Chiari malformation, which is a defect wherein the spinal cord meets the brain and can result in problems in the brain and/or in the spinal cord.

This webinar is scheduled on Friday, October 23, from 12nn to 2pm. Dr. Lady Scarlett Sedano, neurosurgery resident of the UP Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), will be the presentor, while Dr. Ronnie Baticulon, consultant at the UP-PGH Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Neuroscience, and associate professor of anatomy at the UP College of Medicine (UPCM), will be the discussant. The reactors are: Dr. Maynila Domingo, consultant at the Section of Perinatology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, UP-PGH, and clinical associate professor of the UPCM; Dr. Ma. Liza Antoinette Maniquis-Gonzales, professor of pediatrics at the UP-PGH and UPCM Associate Dean for Faculty and Students; and Dr. Loudella V. Calotes-Castillo, pediatric neurology consultant specializing in neuromuscular diseases.

The UP “Stop COVID Deaths” webinar series is organized by the University of the Philippines in partnership with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and the UP Manila NIH National Telehealth Center, and in cooperation with the UPCM and the UP-PGH.

Register here: bit.ly/StopCOVIDDeathsWebinar27