The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos, has delivered the first baby born through assisted reproductive technology; In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), in the hospital one year after reactivating the IVF centre. The management of the hospital celebrated the delivery of the infant yesterday, Tuesday, November 22, 2016.
Commenting on the development, Professor and coordinator of the The Assisted Fertility Centre (AFC), Osato Giwa-Osagie, disclosed that “we are officially announcing the birth of a baby through our efforts in this centre. The baby boy, whose parents want to remain anonymous, was born on November 5.”
Osagie added that ”we are very glad, especially as our effort is working; we want to increase the number of our successes, as such, we call on the government for more support and funding.”
Speaking further, Osagie said of all the 45 IVF clinics in Nigeria, only five were government-owned, adding that they were located in Abuja, Ilorin, Benin, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja and LUTH in Lagos.
“The National Hospital, Abuja, is the first public IVF Centre; there are only five of such public health IVF centres in Nigeria. We need more centres to help more people; we can help other centres to stand, especially as we have the expertise and nurses who are available to train others. We also need more public sector involvement in the funding of IVF Centres,’’ Osagie said.
You will recall that after 26 years of shutting down the IVF Centre, LUTH reactivated it in October 2016.