The Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos celebrated on Tuesday the birth of its first In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) baby (born through assisted reproductive technology).
Professor and Coordinator of the The Assisted Fertility Centre (AFC), Osato Giwa-Osagie made this known during a verification visit by a team from the Fiscal Responsibility Commission, Abuja.
Prof. Osagie said; “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.’’
“Of all the 45 IVF clinics in Nigeria, only five were government-owned, and they are 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.