Spir­i­tual at­tacks not al­ways re­spon­si­ble for in­fer­til­ity – CMD

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Afer­til­ity ex­pert has called for the ex­plo­ration of as­sisted re­pro­duc­tive tech­nol­ogy for in­di­vid­u­als with in­fer­til­ity is­sues, not­ing that ig­no­rance had made many to er­ro­neously ac­cept in­fer­til­ity as their fate or des­tiny.

The Chief Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor of the Lagos State Uni­ver­sity Teach­ing hospital, Prof. Adetokunbo Fabamwo, said this at the 20th an­niver­sary of the Bridge Clinic Fer­til­ity Cen­tre.

Fabamwo, who noted that it was er­ro­neous to pre­sume or at­tribute all in­fer­til­ity is­sues to spir­i­tual at­tacks or a pre­des­tined predica­ment, said the ex­plo­ration of tech­nol­ogy to en­hance re­pro­duc­tive chances was very cru­cial to hav­ing children.

he said, “We need more aware­ness on as­sisted re­pro­duc­tive tech­nol­ogy as the only al­ter­na­tive for con­cep­tion aside the nat­u­ral way and more aware­ness can be achieved through en­gage­ment of churches, mosques and other opin­ion lead­ers as well as com­mu­nity heads.

“The In­sti­tute of Fer­til­ity Medicine, LASUTH part­nered Bridge Fer­til­ity Clinic for as­sisted con­cep­tion and the re­sult has been amaz­ing. A lot of women came back after the aware­ness talk to ask ques­tions and quite a num­ber of them fol­lowed up.

“We em­braced the idea at LASUTH, we are almost 10 years in the part­ner­ship and so far, we have records of more than 100 ba­bies. As­sisted re­pro­duc­tive tech­nol­ogy has solved the prob­lem of low sperm count and blocked tubes in a woman.”

The act­ing General Man­ager of Bridge Clinic Fer­til­ity Cen­tre, Mrs Rose Og­beche, said peo­ple strug­gling with in­fer­til­ity could be as­sisted with the re­pro­duc­tive tech­nol­ogy.

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