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Format: 04/24/2014
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Doctors cooperate for Moldova's babies

Monday, August 17th, 2009

By Pohla Smith

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

While dignitaries from G-20 nations scoped out locations in advance of the September summit last week, two young medical residents from the little Eastern European nation of Moldova did much the same between lessons on how to better evaluate and care for neonatal babies.

The husband and wife team of Drs. Mihail and Angelica Stratulat, each 26 and respectively residents in neonatology and obstetrics at the Mother and Child Health Care Research Institute in the capital city of Chisinau, were here as the guests of West Penn Hospital neonatologist Robert Cicco.

Hoping to help to bring neonatal care up to U.S. standards throughout their nation, they met Dr. Cicco at a symposium in Moldova and asked if they could come here to learn more.

"We need equipment. We need to learn to use it. We need a system to get the baby to the Institute and a system for when the baby goes home," Mihail Stratulat said.

To accomplish that, he said, would take "more money and another generation of doctors. The older doctors have to change their ways."

He said there is, for example, just one incubator-equipped ambulance available for transporting newborn babies with health problems in the entire nation, which is located between Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north, east and south. There are not enough incubators, and many mothers do not understand the importance of followup care for these infants. They may have been born premature or have a serious illness, injury or birth defect and can have many developmental issues.


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