The executive of the Association for Fertility and Reproductive Health has spelt out the minimum requirements for setting up an In-Vitro Fertilisation clinic in Nigeria.
The fertility practitioners in Nigeria, under the registered body of AFRH at its inaugural national meeting in Lagos penultimate Friday, emphasised the importance of “informed consent” and ethical responsibility of the practitioner to the patient and other practitioners and all users of the practice.
According to a press release signed by the Secretary-General, Mrs. Bobo Kayode, members agreed on the need for counselors as part of the IVF team to address socio-psychological issues.
Also at the meeting, the guidelines of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine was reviewed and adopted, albeit with certain modifications to suit the Nigerian environment.
More important, the AFRH reviewed the guidelines on the number of embryos that should be transferred per patient, taking cognizance of how it relates to patient’s age and presence of any history of uterine factors.
“As a result of these, we would like to establish a working relationship with the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Nigeria,” the communiqué stated.