Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) has solicited for partnership to achieve affordable Assisted Reproductive Technology, ART, popularly known as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) for indigent infertile couples.
Teaching hospital, recorded a milestone of 74 live births at its Institute of
Fertility Medicine, IFM, department of Obstetrics and Gynecology through the
ART, under its Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, with a private Fertility
facility, The Bridge Clinic.
at the institute’s celebration of the milestone, the Chief Medical Director,
LASUTH, Prof. Adewale Oke, represented by the Director of Clinical Services and
Training, Dr Ayoade Adedokun lamented that many homes have been broken with so
many women shattered emotionally due to infertility issues, adding that the IFM
partnership with the Bridge Clinic which have produce 74 babies since its
inception in 2011 have will bring smiles to these women as well as others who
can’t afford the high cost.
According to the hospital’s Chairman of IFM Board, Prof. Adetokunbo Fabamwo,
the cost of one ART cycle in private facilities ranges from N1 million to N2
million, with the institute providing same quality service at N500, 000 at the
moment, adding that plans are underway to further reduce the price to as low as
N250, 000 to ensure that all indigent couples have opportunity to have their
own babies, which could be achieved through partnership.
“The IFM aims to bring the use of ART at a highly affordable rate to indigent
patients who battle infertility but unable to afford the high expense of
procuring available ART service from a normal setting. The idea of the
partnership is to reduce cost by 50 per cent and even further bring it down by
25 per cent. ART is the technology used to achieve pregnancy in procedures such
as fertility medication, in vitro fertilization, IVF and surrogacy. It is
reproductive technology used primarily for infertility treatments, and is also
known as fertility treatment,” he said.
explained: “The idea was that the Bridge Clinic would partner with LASUTH’s
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecologist and in the process transfer
knowledge and technology over five years to LASUTH. The technology is able to
bypass a lot infertility hurdle to achieve conception. Yet, globally, only 35
per cent success rate could be achieved in the use of ART. IFM has recorded
between 38 to 40 per cent success rate so far. To achieve 25 per cent further
reduction, IFM would partner some pharmaceutical companies to get drugs at a
very cheap rate, and this would enable the facility further reduce the cost of
a circle of ART by N150, 000.
originally the IFM aims to achieve autonomy and break away from the Bridge
Clinic after five years of the initiative, but now the MOU has lasted six years
added that there was the need to train more fertility experts in the hospital
as only two persons had been trained as consultants on fertility matters in the
remarks, the Chief Executive Officer, the Bridge Clinic, Dr. Jide Ojo, said
that IVF awareness was low in the country, with many dying in silence because
they feel stigmatised and do not know where to seek help, adding that there is
the need for more awareness so that a lot of people will know where to go to
access these services.