The 4th International Conference on Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases with the theme: “Combating Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases through Exploring New Frontiers in Research” was held at Premiera Hotel Kuala Lumpur recently. This conference provided a great platform for Malaysia and international medical experts to exchange ideas and opinions apart from sharing their research findings on tropical medicine.
The event was attended by speakers and participants from 17 countries namely Malaysia, Cuba, Vietnam, Indonesia, China, USA, England, Hong Kong, New Zealand, India, Armenia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Iraq, Tanzania and Myanmar. Twenty speakers shared their valuable insights on emerging disease and re-emerging diseases in their respective countries and focused on their management.
Her Excellency Ibete Fernandez Hernandez, Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba in her keynote address congratulated Faculty of Medicine Universiti Kuala Lumpur Royal College of Medicine Perak for organizing this biennial conference. She said, “We need these types of conferences. It helps us reduce deaths, disabilities and economic destruction caused by emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and brings world expertise together”.
She urged all the scientists and medical experts to work hand in hand to combat the diseases. “ I believe everyone needs to play significant roles and be game changers in battling these diseases as our life takes us on a continuous journey while unravelling our potential in helping to bring a brighter future”. She hopes that this conference will further inspire all to reach greater heights in the future. For its part, Cuba aspires to be a reliable partner to Malaysia in achieving its 2020 smart vision for biotechnology, scientific and technological civilization of the future.
She said that during the last outbreak of Ebola, scientific collaboration among the many countries was important to fight the disease in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Cuba assisted in this fight against Ebola by sending a brigade of 256 doctors.
Associate Professor Dr Davinder Singh s/o Bagher Singh, Chairman of the organizing committee said the conference papers and discussions covered a few sub-themes ranging from topics such as tuberculosis, one health, nosocomial infections, vaccines to antibiotic resistance.
Associate Professor Dr Syed Rahim Syed Hamid, Dean Faculty of Medicine in his speech said the conference aims not only to showcase the presence of distinguished personnel of this field and their discourses but also to facilitate the exchange of research findings and ideas of those actively involved in the research.
He added that infectious diseases are a global problem and a variety of pathogens have been threatening across borders. The world has become a global village and globalization has made it possible for people to meet unfamiliar pathogens or promote dissemination from one part of the world to the other.
The conference was organized by Universiti Kuala Lumpur Royal College of Medicine Faculty of Medicine in collaboration with Pedro Kouri Institute of Tropical Medicine Cuba and Pasteur Institute of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
The three-day conference received overwhelming participation from local and foreign academicians, scientist, researchers and the health industry.
Also present were Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mazliham Mohd Su’ud, President and CEO of UniKL; Prof. Dr. Shahrulniza Musa, Deputy President (Academic & Technology); Mr. Hisshamuddin Omar, Chief Executive Officer and Head of Campus UniKL RCMP; Dr Syed Rahim Syed Hamid, Dean Faculty of Medicine and Dr Ahmad Fuad Shamsuddin, Dean Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.