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Pregnancy and COVID19 preparedness in Lebanon: Where do we stand?

​Lebanon has an estimated population of pregnant women of around 125.000 Lebanese and non- Lebanese that demands special attention, information, and guidance form health care providers, namely the obstetricians and gynecologists (OBGYN). Although international guidance consensus indicates that pregnancy is not a particular high risk event to COVID-19, the physiologic changes during pregnancy are known to predispose pregnant women to worst outcomes with viral pneumonia, including higher rates of hospitalization, with consequent higher maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. To current knowledge, data looking at the effect of COVID-19 disease on pregnancy remains limited which makes both counseling and management of these patients cautious and conservative.

In a new article entitled “covid-19 and pregnancy: lebanon preparedness within global response", Dr. Faysal El-Kak, Vice president at the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) and senior lecturer at the Faculty of Health Sciences in the American University of Beirut discusses Lebanon' preparedness to COVID-19, with a special focus on pregnancy, and within a global lens that characterizes this new disease.

Read the full article HERE​

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