The National President of the Naval Officers Wives Association Hajia Aminat Dupe Ibrahim has urged In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) doctors to be friendly to patients to encourage more people to treat infertility.
IVF is a process by which egg cells are fertilized by sperm outside the body. She made the remarks yesterday during the commissioning ceremony of the M&M IVF Centre in the Nigerian Navy Post Service Housing Estate, Karshi, Nasarawa State.
She said IVF is a major treatment of infertility when other methods of assisted reproductive technology have failed. She urged medical personnel at the centre to be patient-friendly so as to offer best treatment and pull more patients to them.
The proprietor of the centre, Dr. Prosper Igboeli said the centre will offer services to the communities around as best as it could, adding that the facility is for the treatment of infertility in women.
The Emir of Karshi, Dr. Muhammadu Bako II called on the proprietor to establish a male IVF centre and a general medical centre for the benefit of communities around.
The President of the Nigerian Medical Association Dr. Omede Idris said the establishment of more IVF centres will certainly address infertility among couples.
The Managing Director of the Navy Post Service Housing Scheme Rear Admiral Itunu Hotonu said the centre is established to improve medical care of retired personnel and others living with them in the estate.
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F ORTY million Nigerians are said to be affected by infertility, a disorder of the reproductive system hindering conception.
Consequently, the wife of the Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) and National President of Naval Officers' Wives Association (NOWA), Hajia Aminat Ibrahim, has urged Nigerians to embrace In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) as a more effective method of assisted reproductive technology.
Hajia Ibrahim, who spoke at the inauguration of IVF and Medical Centre at the Nigerian Navy Post Service Housing Estate in Abuja, said couples who are still looking up to God for children should not shy away from seeking the technology that has been proven to be effective. "IVF is a process by which egg cells are fertilised by sperm outside of the body. It is a major treatment in fertility when other methods of assisted reproductive technology have failed. She also noted that with the availability of the IVF services, the country would have saved enormous foreign exchange and prevent capital flight from the economy as many of those that can afford it would want to seek such services abroad.
While commending the Proprietor of the hospital, Dr. Prosper Igboeli, for the bold initiative, Ibrahim urged infertile couples to take advantage of the technology.
In his remarks, Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Alhaji Bala Mohammed, expressed concern over infertility rate in the country, saying it is growing to a ‘worrisome level’ with 25 per cent of Nigerians population confirmed as affected. He said: "In economically depressed world of today, where many people are grappling with stress of living, the consequences of infertility on the society can best be imagined". Though he revealed that the FCT administration was working towards mitigating the effect of infertility through preventive measure, Mohammed urged the new hospital and others to work to mitigate the effect of infertility and also urged them to join in the prevention of infertility and other reproductive complications as part of its community service".
Dr Igboeli said the motivation behind the setting up of the hospital was to serve humanity, noting that every couple deserves to have children.