Vanguard (Lagos)

8 January 2013

Nigeria: LUTH Restarts IVF Programme

AS part of ongoing efforts to provide succour for couples with challenges having babies, the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idi Araba, Lagos is restarting its Invitro Fertilisation, IVF, programme this year, Already, work is nearing completion on the space provided for the project as infrastructuture and equipment are on ground.

Findings reveal that services are to take off within the next three months.

Luis Brown, the first baby conceived through IVF was born 34 years ago. There are an estimated 4,000 babies born through IVF in Nigeria and five million globally. The first IVF baby in Nigeria and Africa was born in LUTH on March 17, 1989.

The procedure of IVF involves placing an egg and sperm together in a petri dish for fertilisation to take place.

Part of the missions and objectives of LUTH is to provide quality health services using highly skilled manpower and deploying technology to ensure safety of patients and ensuring quality of services

The LUTH management explained that intent is to provide wholistic services delivering those who can get pregnant on their own and providing services for those with difficulty getting pregnant

LUTH has also acquired laparoscopic equipment for pinhole or minimally invasive surgery and developed one of the most sophisticated surgical skill centres in the country.

The centre is fitted with laroscopic towers for training of residents and other health workers, all more of service provision and training of health workers to continue to facilitate transfer of skills.

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