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PRESS RELEASE

Inauguration of the Monitoring and Enforcement Committee on Regulation of ART in Lagos State

Lagos State Government has inaugurated a seven-man committee to monitor, regulate and enforce quality compliance in Assisted Reproductive Technology (A.R.T) practice in the state. Permanent Secretary in the State Ministry of Health, Dr. Titilayo Goncalves, who inaugurated the Committee last Friday at the Ministry's Conference Room, noted that the constitution of the committee is in line with Lagos State government's commitment to ensure best practices in assisted fertility practice. She said: "The constitution of the seven-man committee is in tandem with our resolve to implement the policy document on ART regulations and practice which we unveiled recently in partnership with Association of Fertility and Reproductive Health (AFRH) and experts in fertility medicine". She added that the inauguration of the Committee is also aimed at fostering professionalism, quality assurance as well as curbing quackery in the assisted fertility practice. While noting that the members of the committee were drawn from private practitioners in fertility medicine, experts in the public sector, members of AFRH and officials of the Lagos State Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency (HEFAMAA), Goncalves disclosed that the Committee is charged with the onerous task of educating, enlightening and sensitizing citizens on ART practice whilst bringing sanity through monitoring and enforcement compliance to the ART practice in the State.

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