This Day (Lagos)

14 February 2013

Nigeria: Hospital Records Feat in in-Vitro Fertilisation

Abuja — Another scientific breakthrough was recorded recently at Amana Medical Centre Abuja, where a baby was delivered through an In-vitro Fertilisation (IVF) process. The baby also named Amana is said to be in a perfect condition.

The Chief Medical Director of Prime Care Fertility Clinic at the hospital, Dr Eloka Menakaya at a briefing said about 60 per cent of increased infertility rate is now being experienced by men, adding that the development is caused by sexually transmitted diseases, drugs, alcoholism among other factors and illegal abortions as in the case of women.

He said due to the high costs of managing infertility, Amana Medical Centre started a fertility clinic in February 2012 and began to treat infertile couples following the process of IVF or Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection, depending on their problem at a reasonable cost. He called on the government and insurance companies whose health incentives do not cover infertility management to do so to assist their workers. "IVF treatment is not regarded as life threatening compared to malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDs," he said

Speaking on the delivery, the father of the child, who pleaded anonymity, said his daughter is doing fine. The man said he has been married for three years without a child and decided to try the IVF option and is happy with the result.

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