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Friday, 11 May 2018

International Bodies to Combat Infertility in Nigeria

Rebecca Ejifoma 
Dr. Iketubosin (middle) flanked by the Vice Chairman (LOC) Dr. Ikenna Emeka
and the 2nd Vice President AFRH/Chairman (LOC) Dr. Yomi Ajayi 

From May 17 to 19, the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) in partnership with the Association for Fertility and Reproductive Health (AFRH)  will hold the first ever fertility management workshop in the continent at the Radisson Blu at Victoria Island Lagos.

The workshop aims to improve professionalism in the field of fertility management in Nigeria. Also, it is to serve as a good training avenue for practitioners in the field and those who are interested in Assisted Reproductive Technique (ART). 

"The demand for infertility treatment had always been there but the technology around the ART have always made the cost to be on the high side," The President of AFRH, Dr. Faye Iketubosin,

He further expressed that the over the years, the numbers of ART clinics in the country had increased to about 70 over from a low count of about 25. Adding, he said the increase showed that more doctors were picking interest.
His words: "The food chain obtainable in recent times which are exposed to diverse fertilisers and other products have caused low sperm count in men globally. 

“It is, therefore, necessary to boost resources in the fertility management area so that ART techniques like in-vitro fertilisation (IVF), intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and intrauterine insemination (IUI) among others can give chances to affected couples to have children of their own."
Iketubosin cited a 50/50 chance of infertility between men and women with the most common cause among women to be tuber blockage (blockage of the fallopian tube) which he said is mostly caused by infections. 
Therefore, Iketubosin assured medical practitioners in the field that it would introduce and complement a comprehensive training package endorsed by the IFFS to be launched in Nigeria this year.