The Country Manager, Merck Nigeria, Mr. Charles Ajibo, has called on fertility-challenged couples to seek treatment early.
Ajibo, who spoke at the inauguration of GONAL-f® prefilled pen by Merck Pharmaceuticals in Lagos, advised couples to consult a specialist after two years of trying to conceive.
He said, “Unfortunately, many Africans get married to have children while others get married for companionship and if children come along the line it’s a blessing. So, when there is no child, a lot of chaos ensues. Some women are ostracised and disgraced from their marriages by their in-laws or spouses.
“But we want to create awareness that infertility is a treatable condition. It is not a curse from God and it’s not a punishment for any wrong doing. Many Nigerian couples will try for 10 years without consulting a specialist. They only pray. Over 2.5 million babies have been delivered through assisted reproductive technologies. Why shouldn’t Nigerians take advantage of this?”
He also called for the inclusion of fertility treatments in the National Health Insurance Scheme to increase couples’ access to IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies.
According to him, IVF treatment can be expensive and a social-welfare scheme will ensure that more childless couples can be treated.”
Speaking on the benefits of Gonal F in fertility treatment, Consultant Gyneacologist and Obstetrician, Dr. Micheal Dahan, urged IVF specialists to embrace personalised medicine in their practices.
Dahan said this was the only way they could deliver accurate, efficient and cost effective treatment to their patients.
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