Pediatricians from University Hospital “St. Marina” Have Saved the Life of a Two-Month-Old Baby with a Rare Genetic Disease

December 21, 2017By Antonia GenovaHealth news No Comments

Pediatricians from Varna have saved the life of the two-month-old Christian, who was admitted to the emergency department at University Hospital “St. Marina” in an extremely serious condition. At the hospital the young patient stopped eating and drinking water, he had disorders of consciousness and increased levels of ammonia. After performing urgent life-saving actions and medical tests, the doctors diagnosed the child with a rare congenital genetic enzyme defect in the amino acid metabolism. This is a recessive disease that is passed down from generation to generation, but it only occurs when two genes of that type are joined up. Its incidence is 1 in 70 000 up to 100 000 newborns, and Christian is the first such case for the Pediatrics team at University Hospital “St. Marina” – Varna.

The two-month patient has had a clinical picture since his birth, but since rare diseases are not easy to be identified, and his doctors had not encountered such disorders before, the disease had remained unidentified at first. On the other hand, the mother thought that the deteriorated health condition of the child was due to a recent vaccination.

“We wouldn’t have coped with the case on our own without the help of the National Centre for Rare Metabolic Diseases because they deal with similar cases of children all over the country and are better equipped with regard to the medications needed. In the very beginning we made the differential diagnosis between 2 and 3 major diseases. We have enough hope for the child because there are several big centres in the world, the greatest of which is in the United States. There are more than 150 patients there and according to their data, it is possible the child to be cured without any consequences for him, provided there is well thought-out and properly applied care”, explains the head of Pediatrics at University Hospital “St. Marina” Prof. Dr. Violeta Yotova.

Little Christian has already been stabilized, and he is about to be taken to the National Centre for Rare Metabolic Diseases in Sofia over the coming days. A nutrition regime will be prepared for him there, and his mother will be taught how to feed him, the specifics of the care required for such a disease, and in which cases she needs to seek medical aid.

The mother Maria Nikolova says, “It is hard for a parent not to know if her child is going to survive. He is only 2 months old, and he is everything for us. I am grateful to the whole team of the Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital “St. Marina” in Varna, who saved Christian and provided the necessary daily care in the way I would have done it at home.”

Gifts from German children to Patients at the Children’s Psychiatric Clinic at University Hospital “St. Marina”

December 14, 2017By Antonia GenovaHealth news, International activity No Comments

On 7thDecember 2017 the patients from the Children’s Psychiatric Clinic at University Hospital “St. Marina” received Christmas gifts, which were collected by children from Germany and provided thanks to the international organization Round Table. For the third consecutive year the international organization has filled with joy the kids, who are being treated at the largest hospital in eastern Bulgaria.

The Round Table organization was established in 1927, and its main purpose is to gather together young professionals who join their efforts for socially useful causes and initiatives. It has followers in more than 65 countries all over the world, and the visit of the German delegation is organized by representatives of the Varna organization.

The Bulgarian Christmas Charity Campaign Delivered Hi-Tech Equipment for Treatment of Children at University Hospital “St. Marina”- Varna

December 9, 2017By Antonia GenovaHealth news No Comments

The Bulgarian Christmas Charity Campaign provided expensive equipment for the children’s clinics at University Hospital “St. Marina” – Varna. The patients under 18 years old can now be treated with a unique for our country high-end endoscope for diagnostics of upper and lower digestive tract in children, an infusion pump and a linear transducer at the biggest hospital in Eastern Bulgaria.

The innovative endoscope will allow for even more precise diagnosis and treatment of the small patients with upper and lower digestive tract problems at Second Pediatric Clinic. The equipment is specialized for pediatric patients. Second Children’s Clinic at University Hospital “St. Marina” in Varna has been specialized in diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with gastroenterological problems. Each year more than 4 000 patients with digestive system diseases are treated at the clinic from all over the country.

The infusion pump for automatic adjustment of the infusion rate will be used by the medics at the Children’s Intensive Care Unit, where resuscitation of patients aged 0 – 18, with therapeutic, surgical, infectious, toxic and other critical conditions from Northeast Bulgaria is performed.

The management of the hospital, the doctors and medical specialists from the clinic expressed their admiration to the President, under whose patronage the Bulgarian Christmas Charity Campaign is carried out and to the Bulgarian people for their sympathy for the sick children and their families.

The Rector of MU-Varna Prof. Dr. Krasimir Ivanov Paid a Visit to Shumen

December 8, 2017By Antonia GenovaHealth news No Comments

The Rector of MU-Varna Prof. Dr. Krasimir Ivanov met the Mayor of Shumen Mr. Lyubomir Hristov. Prof. Sonia Toncheva – Director of Shumen Affiliate at MU-Varna and Dr. Svetlana Markova – Deputy Mayor of Social Policy and Healthcare in Shumen Municipality took part in the meeting as well. The reason for the meeting was the expressed desire of the management of the Municipality in Shumen to increase the admission of students in the Affiliate.

“The presence of the Medical University in Shumen is important for us. One of the first nursing schools in the country was established here, and I am glad that after an interruption of 10 years this tradition was renewed with the opening of the Affiliate in the city,” said the Mayor Lyubomir Hristov.

Professor Krasimir Ivanov expressed his gratitude to the Mayor’s Office and personally to Lyubomir Hristov for his efforts and support in the opening of the Affiliate. “The deficiency of medical personnel in the country is really great, municipalities will confront this issue more and more frequently, and that was really a timely solution.”

The director of the Affiliate Prof. Sonia Toncheva pointed out that the statistics in the period from 2005 to 2015 showed that only two nurses and one midwife had returned to Shumen. Presently 133 students are trained in Shumen, and 66 nurses have completed their internships under the MES project. The academic staff also is motivated more students to study and stay in the city. Prof. Ivanov and Prof. Toncheva underlined that the modernization of the Shumen base would continue, and new rooms would be equipped with robotic simulators and virtual simulators for conducting student practical sessions by the beginning of next summer. The possibilities of the Municipality and the University to jointly apply for programmes that support and fund health activities were discussed as well.

Then the Rector of MU-Varna lit the Christmas tree lights at the Shumen Affiliate. Issues related to the social and living conditions of students as well as the possibilities for on-line training were the focus of the meeting with the students after that. The Rector wished the students to complete the upcoming session successfully and congratulated them on their forthcoming holiday – 8th December.

MU-Varna Participated in a Discussion on “Bulgaria as a Destination for Medical, Health and SPA Tourism”

December 8, 2017By Antonia GenovaHealth news, Science and education No Comments

The topic of human resources and their preparation in the field of medical and health tourism was included in the plenary reports and in the discussion of the first institutional conference on this topic. The conference was organized by the Ministry of Tourism in Bulgaria, in partnership with the Bulgarian Medical Association, and was held in Sofia.

This initiative has been synchronized with other conferences and congresses in the field of SPA and wellness tourism in Bulgaria, organized by the Bulgarian Union of Balneology and SPA Tourism, the Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, “Bulgaria Awaits You” Programme, etc. However, for the first time now the basic questions related to the potential and resource readiness of Bulgaria to develop medical and health tourism have been raised at an institutional level, represented by the Ministry of Tourism.

The participants at the conference and the international experts expressed their unanimous opinion that Bulgaria is a country with a very high potential for development of medical and health tourism and can be a desired partner of the Western European countries in this field. The unique natural resources, good healing facilities for balneology, rehabilitation and SPA tourism, equipped for the needs of the patients, highly qualified specialists and competitive prices are strong market advantages, which could lead Bulgaria to the first places in the preferences of tourists and patients from different countries.

One of the major goals of the forum was to present the experience and views of different representatives – the state, the Medical Union, universities, businesses, non-governmental organizations, consumers, for the development of a complex Bulgarian tourism product in the field of healthcare.

The discussion focused on three main areas – “Factors for the Development of Medical and Health Tourism. Opportunities for Treatment of Foreigners in Bulgaria”, “Prospects for Creating a Complex Tourism Product in the Field of Medical and Health Tourism, Including Preparation of Human Resources”, and “Innovation and Good Practices in Medical and Health Tourism”. Valuable international practices were shared by guest lecturers from Austria, Serbia and Israel.

Medical University – Varna was presented by Assoc. Prof. Emanuela Mutafova – Dean of the Faculty of Public Health and Prof. Todorka Kostadinova – Vice Rector for International Cooperation and Quality Accreditation. They presented, in a team of colleagues from St. St. Konstantin and Elena, useful practices for partnership between universities and businesses in the field of training and maintenance of the qualification of human resources in health and medical tourism. The presentation was entitled “The Responsibility of Universities and Businesses for Training and Maintaining the Qualification of Human Resources for Medical and Health Tourism”

This topic is a logical continuation of the discussion at the Fourth Congress of the Bulgarian Union of Balneology and SPA Tourism in Kyustendil (26-27.09.2017), where the team of Medical University-Varna and St. St. Konstantin and Elena Holding presented the topic on human resources training and development of innovative SPA products. The main topic at the Congress in Kyustendil was “Innovation and Development of Bulgarian SPA Destinations. Problems Confronting Municipalities and Businesses”, and innovations, both in their creation and implementation, are primarily related to human resources and the quality of their work performance.

These initiatives, congresses and conferences are evidence of the relevance of the topic of health, medical and SPA tourism and are a good foundation for cooperation between the state institutions, businesses, universities, local authorities and non-governmental organizations to achieve the common goal of establishing Bulgaria as a destination for health and better quality of life on the international market. Following our path to that goal, we have very good international partners in the face of the European Spas Association (ESPA), reputable European and world experts. They are willing to work in cooperation with us for branding of Europe as a tourist destination for the period of 2018 -2022, where some of the most sought-after areas are cultural and historical tourism, in combination with SPA, medical SPA and health services.

At end of the conference in Sofia, suggestions were made for training modules (monthly, pre-season and at the workplace); mandatory first aid training for the teams in tourism, improvement of the communication between the stakeholders, and elaboration of a communication strategy for the presentation of Bulgaria on the international tourist and health markets.

The Children’s Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital “St. Marina” – Varna Celebrated Its 30th Anniversary

December 6, 2017By Antonia GenovaHealth news No Comments

Patients, parents, medics, students and public figures celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Children’s Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital “St. Marina” – Varna with an exciting celebration and a concert.

The celebration was attended by present and former employees at the Children’s Intensive Care Unit, its heads over the years, doctors, nurses and hospital orderlies as well as the personnel of the children’s clinics and structures of “St. Marina”, who every single day, side by side, keep fighting to preserve people’s hope alive.

The Rector of MU-Varna and President of the Board of Directors at University Hospital “St. Marina” Krasimir Ivanov addressed the audience with the words, “It is my great honour and pleasure on behalf of the academic management of MU-Varna and the administrative management of the hospital to congratulate all of you who have been taking care of the health of the most seriously sick children from all over Eastern Bulgaria for 30 years and to express my gratitude for your dedication and everything you are doing!” Then he gave flowers to Dr. Diana Pavlova, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Boryana Varbanova and Dr. Maria Zheleva – extremely successful heads of the department over the years, people with unquenchable enthusiasm and assiduous work.

The Executive Director of University Hospital “St. Marina” – Varna gave a gift to the Children’s Intensive Care Unit – an icon of St. Mina, protector of the family, to whom women pray for the health of their children, for the joy and well-being of their homes, and congratulated the head of Direction “Pediatrics” Prof. Dr. Violeta Yotova and the head of the department Dr. Eleonora Zheleva. “Over the years plenty of pediatricians have worked at the Children’s Intensive Care Unit, always with the infallible sense of duty to the children in critical situations, to the profession and to the colleagues. Intensivists are brave and dauntless,” said Prof. Yotova.

Deep gratitude and appreciation was extended to the donors of the Children’s Intensive Care Unit, who were awarded with diplomas. The gratitude of rescued patients and their parents over the years, who were broadcast on the video wall, provoked extreme excitement and tears of joy in the eyes of everyone present.

The talented children from Varna – 12-year-old Lilia Nikolova and 11-year-old Monika Parusheva from “Melisima” Vocal Studio, the 10-year-old Gabriela Grozeva and Maria Halvadzhieva from the children’s folk group “Neranza”, with an art director Kichka Hristova, presented their musical greetings to the employees in the department.

The winning drawings of the participants in the Children’s Drawing Contest entitled “I Cure”, which was held in November, under the patronage of the Rector of MU–Varna, were awarded at the end of the celebration. 382 drawings of children from 20 kindergartens and schools from Varna, Burgas, Plovdiv, Shumen, Asenovgrad, Kazanlak, Beloslav and Chirpan, aged between 2 and 11 years, showed enviable imagination and mastery. The seven-member jury awarded the drawings, divided into 2 age categories, with a prize and a diploma. The award winners in the age group 2-6 years were: 1st place – Magdalena Rafaelova, 2nd place – Anton Atanasov and 3rd place – Yasna Germanova, and in age group 7 – 11 years: 1st place – Elitsa Stoyanova , 2nd place – Adela Parusheva and 3rd place – Beloslava Savova.

The Children’s Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital “St. Marina” – Varna has 10 beds, and it performs resuscitation of patients aged 0 – 18 from Northeast Bulgaria with therapeutic, surgical, infectious, toxic and other critical conditions. 7 doctors, 13 health care specialists and 6 nurses work at the Unit. It has the 3rd highest level of competence according to the Pediatrics Standards, Anesthesiology and Intensive Care. It has taken care of even the smallest neonatal patients for years. A brief overview of the past 30 years shows that the Children’s Intensive Care Unit has saved thousands of children.

Blood Donation Campaign November 2017

November 9, 2017By Antonia GenovaHealth news No Comments

Dear colleagues,

Despite the numerous advances of medicine, the blood running in our veins is still irreplaceable. The noble act of donating blood can make the difference between life and death. The everlasting need of blood products is the very reason why blood donation initiatives are held all year round. The Regional Transfusion centre of Varna and the Students’ Council of Medical University – Varna are organizing once again the “Blood Donation” campaign.

Up to date, the campaign, which takes place in MU-Varna, has always reported a great number of people, willing to donate blood. It is the third “Blood donation” campaign for this year 2017. Everybody, who wants to donate blood, will be able to do it on the 14th (Tuesday) and the 15th (Wednesday) of November 2017 between 11:30 and 16:00h in room 111 (first floor of the Rectorate building). Let’s show once again that humanity and the wish to help others, run in our veins!


“Donate blood – save lives!”

Medical University-Varna Organizes the Campaign “If in Doubt – Get Checked Out” for the Sixth Consecutive Time

November 7, 2017By Antonia GenovaHealth news, Student activity, Upcoming events No Comments

The annual information and prevention campaign “If in Doubt – Get Checked Out” will be held on 12-13 November 2017. This initiative has been organized for the sixth consecutive year on the occasion of the Mouth Cancer Action Month – November.

The campaign is organized by the Association of Students of Dental Medicine – Varna, in close cooperation with the Association of Medical Students – Varna (AMS-Varna), the Association of Students of Pharmacy – Varna (ASP-Varna), the Student Council and with the assistance of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at FDM, as well as the Academic Management at the Faculty of Dental Medicine and MU – Varna.

Traditionally, the campaign “If in Doubt – Get Checked Out” consists of an information and prophylactic part. The information part will start with distributing promotional materials on 12th and 13th November 2017.

On 12th November a special stand will be located at Grand Mall – Varna from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

On 13th November the stands at University Hospital “St. Marina” – Varna and the Faculty of Dental Medicine will operate between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., where advertising brochures and flyers will be distributed, too.

The prophylactic part of the campaign will be held on 13th November, including free medical check-ups at the Faculty of Dental Medicine from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in room 208 and at University Hospital “St. Marina” – Varna from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in room 928.

The results from the previous campaigns have shown a steady growth of the number of examined citizens. This brings us to the conclusion that oral cancer can be overcome if diagnosed on time.

To register for taking part in the campaign and further enquiries, you can contact the people in charge of the campaign – Tina Traykova (GSM: 089 555 6972) and Miroslav Stoykov (GSM: 089 678 7758).

Congratulation on the Day of the Bulgarian Doctor – 19th October!

October 19, 2017By Antonia GenovaHealth news No Comments

Dear Colleagues,

Congratulation on the Day of the Bulgarian Doctor – 19th October! Today, on the Day of St. Ivan Rilski, the Wonderworker, I congratulate all Bulgarian doctors on the professionalism, enthusiasm and humanity through which we defend our name every single day.

This is the day when the society pays tribute to the people who have dedicated themselves to the most humane profession – the one that can regain the joy in life, that gives strengths to the weak, heals the sick ones, and helps life to triumph. Successors to the wisdom of the millennial Hippocratic Oath, we carry enormous weight of responsibility and dedicate ourselves to humanism, in its purest form. And the greatest prize for our work is expressed in the simple words “Thank you!”.

Medicine is a mission that is not influenced by colour or gender, by a political system or religion, because its calling is to save and give life a chance. For us, specialists, time has lost its astronomical value a long time ago, for us it is measured through saving lives, through our devotion to the people in need.

I believe that despite the difficulties in the healthcare system we will continue to fight for the victory of life! I believe that with our joint efforts and good will we will achieve the results that our society expects – quality health care for the Bulgarian citizens, meeting the highest standards of the European healthcare.

To all Bulgarian doctors,  dedicated to the most humane profession in the world – the one that wins trust, takes care of life and preserves hope – I would like to wish a lot of professional success, satisfied patients, good health and family happiness!

Happy Holiday!

Prof. Dr. Krasimir Ivanov, DSc

Rector of Medical University

“Prof. Dr. Paraskev Stoyanov” – Varna

Students from MU-Varna Received a Congratulatory Letter from SHОGAT “Prof. Dr. D. Stamatov”

October 16, 2017By Antonia GenovaHealth news No Comments

The fourth-year students from MU-Varna Emine Halim, Yinis Mehmed, Gergana Georgieva and Desislava Radenkova received a congratulatory letter for their excellent theoretical training by the management of the Neonatological Department at SHОGAT “Prof. Dr. D. Stamatov”.

During an extremely difficult period of staff shortage at the Department, they were involved actively in the work at the various sectors at the Department. The students performed all the assigned tasks accurately and responsibly, under the control of doctors.

The four students were appointed to the position of a Health Assistant. The work is a part of their pre-graduate practice and aims to prepare them for their future professional development as midwives. In this way they are given the opportunity to overcome their concerns about the practical part of their work and to take responsibility for human life, which is often the greatest concern of the graduates. Their work involves assessing the vital signs of newborns and serving their living needs, following Virginia Henderson’s model.

According to Svetlana Radeva, the chief midwife at the Department, the girls are extremely responsible in their duties, performing their assignments brilliantly and fulfilling their duties like midwives with plenty of years of experience, many times exceeding all expectations.

The professionals at the hospital expressed special thanks to the student Emine Halim. Thanks to her efforts, a human life was saved. After the end of her shift, Emine decided to carry out yet another follow-up monitoring of a newborn child. When she entered the room, she found that the child was suffocating and immediately raised an alarm on the deterioration of the child’s condition, as a result of which intensive therapy was applied, and the child’s life was saved.

The specialists at the hospital are impressed by the qualities of the students at their workplace and emphasize that they are an example of the excellent training provided by MU – Varna.