A professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the University of Benin, Prof. Osato Giwa-Osagie, has said that all hope is not lost for women born without functioning ovaries or who do not release eggs, but have the ambition to have their own children.
Prof. Giwa-Osagie gave the assurance on Tuesday in Benin while speaking at a lecture titled: “The impact of IVF test tube-babies in Nigeria,” held at the University of Benin.
According to him, People who were born without functioning ovaries or who do not release eggs, some of whom have never menstruated in their lives can now have babies, while men who either have low sperm counts can have babies by when their sperm is harvested from their testis and subjected to a laboratory examinations.
He added that the advancement in science has made it possible for women who have blocked tubes which is the number one cause of infertility, to have treatments that works.
He disclosed that about 80 per cent of couples who indulge in regular sex twice a week, result in pregnancy, while the failure rate in IVF, otherwise known as test tube babies, was about 70 per cent.
Each IVF circle has about 70 per cent failure rate and 30 per cent success rate, noting that, the major cause of infertility is infection.
He said the success rate of IVF is one in three patients.
But in view of the high cost of IVF in the country, the university don tasked the public sector to establish more IVF clinics and training centres in public hospitals across the country, where he said there is absence of insurance coverage for infertility or grants to assist infertile couples succeed in the field of reproduction.
He noted that the move would assist people who do not have enough cash to fund two or three IVF cycles, which are sometimes required to achieve pregnancy through IVF.
Prof. Giwa-Osagie explained that of the 47 IVF centres in Nigeria, 42 of them are privately owned, while only five others are government-owned and controlled health care centres.
He listed those government-owned health facilities to include the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), National Hospital, Abuja, Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) whose IVF training centre has just been re-opened after 30 years of closure.
He therefore called on other public health institutions to take it as priority to introduce IVF in their own hospitals where patients would pay less than N400, 000 to access IVF treatment, instead of an average of N1 million and above in private hospitals, depending on the bargaining power.
Earlier in his welcome address, the UNIBEN Vice Chancellor, Prof. Faraday Orumwense, said the symposium was borne out of the need to sustain “all round development of the school” and deepen the existing cordial relationship between the institution and it’s host communities.
He assured that the University of Benin under his watch, was determined to assist in resolving global problems through academic research by putting forth an important arguments aimed at closing the knowledge-gap in society.
Source: PMNewsNg, HWN Africa.