Remarks by H. E. Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, President of the Republic of Serbia, at the Symposium of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians

Mr. Minister,
President of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts,
Esteemed participants of the Symposium,
Dear guests from Europe and the world,
Members of the Serbian academia,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Year after year, the schedule of international scientific events taking place across Serbia is becoming increasingly tight.

The international academia has thereby given clear credit to the global contribution made by the Serbian scholars and scientists.

It is for this reason that the people of Serbia are very proud and appreciative of the opportunity to play host to the most prominent experts in various areas of science and research.

For you, scientists and creators, the sky is the limit. The country of origin, the name of the institute or a clinic make no difference to you. You gather together thanks to different ideas, incessant search of the innovative and better ways, continuous quest for the promotion of health and attainment of a better life. It is for this reason that you set up your associations so easily, and that they outgrow the national level to become regional, continent-wide and global in character.

We are attending today the Symposium of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians from Serbia, Montenegro and the Republika Srpska; nevertheless renowned scientists from Europe and the world have come to Belgrade, for it is only through immediate and direct sharing of knowledge and experience acquired in different countries and under different circumstances, that you can make headway in your profession, to the benefit of the whole world.

Gynaecology is the knowledge of a woman, should anyone dare say they have it. From the Kahun Gynaecological Papyrus (1800 B.C.) to the Hippocratic Corpus (4th century B.C.), to Soranus of Ephesus and James Marion Sims, gynaecology has dealt with a woman that should be enabled to be healthy in order to grow up, procreate and eventually bear a child.

Having in mind the importance of delivering babies and considering your role in the antenatal period, you did me a great honour by providing me with the opportunity to support your work.

Please allow me to reiterate the importance of gynaecology not only when it comes to understanding the overall role of medicine in one state, but also the constant care on the part of the state and society to apply all the novelties and up-to-date achievements, to reverse the current worrying demographic trends in Serbia, so as to be able to fulfil the most important task - to have more births than deaths!

It is understood that many factors outside medicine impact upon and treat this highly significant topic, but every health station, hospital or clinic, every maternity ward is a place which, first and foremost, mirrors through their atmosphere, access to lifelong learning, medical staff and holding of scientific symposia like this one, the scope of care provided by the state. It is for this reason that your gatherings deserve to receive genuine support from all of us.

Various topics to be addressed by the Symposium, including the most illustrious names it gathered, convince me that another important contribution to the medical science and practice alike will be sent from Belgrade to the world on this occasion as well.

With the belief that you will achieve everything you have foreseen, and with the wish that the work ahead of you be successful, I hereby declare this year’s Symposium of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians from Serbia, Montenegro and the Republika Srpska open.