Aboard member of Parah Family Foundation, Dr Faye Iketubosin, has said there is the need to enlighten young girls on sexually transmitted diseases to reduce the burden on infertility in Nigeria.
Iketubosin, at a briefing organised by the Foundation in Lagos said infections was one of the commonest reasons for infertility in Nigeria.
“One of the commonest reasons for infertility in Nigeria is when women have blocked fallopian tube and this is as a result of infection. To make a significant impact, we need to enlighten young girls in secondary schools and tertiary institutions on the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases because if we reduce that, then we will be able to reduce significantly the burden of infertility generally,” Iketubosin said.
The Vice President of the board, Dr Dayo Odukoya, said the Foundation was unable to hold its annual fertility conference scheduled for March 21, because of the coronavirus outbreak in the state.
She said, “This decision was reached in line with the Federal and State Governments’ precautionary regulations against large gatherings of persons over 50 and as a preventive move against COVID-19 spread which is now a global pandemic.”
Odukoya added that the fertility conference was organised to unite participants which include couples trying to conceive, gynaecologists, fertility specialists and key stakeholders to infertility issues and awareness.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, represented by the Chairman, Lagos Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency, Dr Yemisi Solanke-koya, said the Lagos State Government was planning to include IVF in the Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme.
“The Lagos State Government is evaluating all items that we can include in the Lagos State Health Insurance Scheme. The THEME agenda of Governor
Babajide Sanwo-olu, has health as one of its pillars and he is very committed to it,” Abayomi said.
Also, the second Vice President of the Association for Fertility and Reproductive Health, Dr Adewumi Adeyemibero, said the association was looking for ways to reduce the cost of IVF in Nigeria.
He said, “Practically, everything that is used in IVF is imported, from drugs to the media, to the disposables. As an association, we are beginning to think of how we can reduce the cost of fertility drugs, and that involves carrying the pharmaceutical companies along to bring the cost down. The only other alternative is to encourage local drug manufacturing.”
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