The European Society of Radiology has postponed her reputable European Congress of Radiology which attracts best Radiologists from all over the world annually to Vienna, Austria because of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Congress was to hold 11th - 15th March was shifted to 15th - 19th July, 2020 with all the previous arrangements including online services intact. The theme of the congress is A CLEAR VISION FOR RADIOLOGY and delegates are expected from all parts of the world.

The President of the European Society of Radiologists, (ESR) Boris Brkijacic said, “After careful evaluation of the spreading coronavirus epidemic, and considering the recent statements of WHO and the ECDC and the related evolving world-wide restrictions and crisis, the ESR was forced to make this decision”.

“We have analysed the recommendations from the Australian health authorities for large scale events and came to the conclusion that we are not in a position to fulfill their requirements and guarantee a safe congress for our participants at this time . The safety, health and well being of our delegates and partners will always be the highest priority for the ESR”, Brkijacic added.

He however assured that majority of their industry partners have already expressed their ongoing commitment and are fully on board for ECR 2020 in July.

When contacted the President of the Association of Radiologists in Nigeria (ARIN), Dr, Kamaldeen Jimoh said the postponement has badly affected his members who had already made arrangement to discuss with Radiologist experts throughout the world.

. Jimoh told Patmos Media Line that a minimum of 25 topmost Radiologist experts usually attend the Congress in Austria but the ten that are scheduled to go now in July will have to apply for fresh visa. He disclosed that his members have booked their tickets and made arrangements for their hotel accommodation. Nigerian Radiology experts were in America last December for the RADIOLOGY SOCIETY OF North America (RSNA) congress.

- Eniola Olatunji.

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