Association seeks increased education on fertility

As part of efforts to improve wellbeing of the Nigerian family, Association for Fertility and Reproductive Health (AFRH) has called for improved awareness, research and disseminating of findings among stakeholders. Speaking to Journalists in Lagos, President, AFRH, Dr. Faye Iketubosin, said the aim of the body is to promote improvements in clinical practice through organised teachings, training and continuous medical education to improve safety and quality assurance in clinical and laboratory procedures. Iketubosin said the association would be holding its conference in September so as to raise awareness throughout the country "The conference is going to talk about all the new developments in the area of practise. People will hear about new things and go about their different practices put them into practice," he said.

The President noted that the practise in Nigeria has improved tremendously, "Nigeria clinics are competing with clinics anywhere in the world in terms of success rate, pregnancy rate, and we are doing very well." He continued: "We have some challenges because it is largely unregulated and then we do have people who are practicing Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) that are not really supposed. We are working with government to put a frame work in place for registering practitioners of ART and establishing standards and establish ethical guidelines to guide the practise."

Iketubosin admitted that government has a lot of problems in the health sector and infertility is not on the top priority. "For example maternal mortality in Nigeria, the indices is one of the worst in the world and that is a major challenge for the government. Infertility is not on the agenda. However government recognises there is a need to have a presence in the fertility that is why you see some government hospital offering fertility services," he said. Meanwhile Chairman, Local Organising Committee of the conference, Dr. Abayomi Ajayi, said the conference would explore integrating innovative technology into treatment options and offers wide array of services in reproductive health education with emphasis on fertility services