Benin—A gynaecologist and obstetrician, Prof Linus Ajabor, has canvassed the enactment of a law by the National Assembly to regulate ethical services in the In-vitro Fertilization delivery in the country.
Insisting that the In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) service delivery has become elitist in the country, he said such a law, when enacted, would reduce the cost of IVF delivery and enable the poor to benefit from such service since infertility was an issue that affects both the poor and rich. Prof Ajabor, who is also the Medical Director of Saint Anita hospital, Benin, made the call at the 11th annual conference and scientific meeting of the Nigeria Fertility Society, which took place in Benin Noting that there has been a steady increase by couples who want children through the IVF delivery system.
He said that since the first baby was delivered by IVF in the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) on April 28, 2008, 12 other babies have been delivered in the hospital through the same system and commended the management of the hospital for bringing its IVF services to the reach of the poor.
The acting Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Mike Ibadin, in his address, said that the hospital has reduce the cost of IVF treatment to about N350,000-N400,000 to enable poor couples benefit from such services.