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Lagos University Teaching Hospital Records Birth of First IVF Baby

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luthThe Assisted Fertility Centre (AFC) at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos, on Tuesday celebrated the birth of its first In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) baby.

Professor Osato Giwa-Osagie, the Co-ordinator of the centre, made this known during a verification visit by a team from the Fiscal Responsibility Commission, Abuja, to the institution in Lagos.

“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. 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,’’ he said.

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.

Also, Moshood Tijani, the Head, Monitoring and Evaluation of FRC, commended the efforts of the centre.

According to him, the feat has shown that much can still be achieved in Nigeria with adequate funding and support.

He called for support to enable more government-owned hospitals to set up IVF centres.

In her remarks, Kuburat Lemomu, the Matron of the AFC said that the treatment for the mother of the baby commenced in January.

“We started the process in January and the recovery was in February. The treatment cycle took six to seven weeks and she was tested positive for pregnancy in March. The mother of our baby started her ante-natal care with us, after which she left for Canada, and that is where she was delivered of the baby,’’ Lemomu said.

She encouraged couples who needed assistance with conception to avail themselves of the services of the centre.

12 Comments

  1. o

    November 22, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    This is great news. At least it should be more affordable than the private fertility clinics. Father please remember all those waiting and bless them with the fruit of the womb in Jesus name Amen.

  2. Grace

    November 22, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Luth. She left for Canada, that is where the baby was delivered. You need to give kudos to the Canadian hospital. My mum died in your hospital due to lack of a functional elevator. Work on your other depts also. I am happy for her successful delivery. Thank God she flew to Canada.

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 22, 2016 at 10:51 pm

      I’m sorry about your mom.

    • Marlvina

      November 22, 2016 at 11:46 pm

      That’s really unfortunate. Sorry to hear that Grace.

  3. Paul Adeyemo

    November 22, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    See news in 2016 in a teaching hosp. Nigeria no dey shame

    • A Real Nigerian

      November 22, 2016 at 10:59 pm

      What of you? You keep reasoning like an uneducated, sexist, insecure yoruba animal in 2016. Are you not ashamed of yourself? Stupid NIGERIAN BEAST.

    • Missappleberry

      November 23, 2016 at 12:05 am

      I can’t with you both…??????

    • Abena

      November 23, 2016 at 2:02 am

      Am I missing something here @A Real Nigerian? I read Paul’s comments to mean this is long overdue…or were you criticizing the procedure, Paul?

  4. Epicgistdotcom

    November 23, 2016 at 12:09 am

    Sorry about that dear

  5. Tonia

    November 23, 2016 at 6:38 am

    This is a great news keep it up

  6. Cynical

    November 23, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Oh my………I am really thrilled to hear this. At least people can get help in a more affordable setting……. But please Prof, don’t let it become like regular government hospital parole with dirty environment and unfriendly staff.Nicole the fertile chick, get in here o…. You guys should go and review and give feedback.

  7. Ghostmode

    November 23, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Yayyy good news and well-done to the team!!! I hope its affordable so more people can afford IVF. I hear the private clinics charge an arm and leg!

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