09 May

The President of the Association for Fertility Health, Dr Faye Iketubosin, has put the number of fertility of fertility clinics in Nigeria at over 70.

According to Iketubosin, less than 500 doctors are involved in the process, a number that, he said, was not enough.

The physician made this known in Lagos on Thursday when speaking on a workshop the International Federation of Fertility Societies and the AFRH are holding in between May 17 and 19.

While Iketubosin noted that fertility treatment had grown over the years in the country, he said most practitioners got training from abroad.

“There is no established training programme in Nigeria. What we have are some programmes within institutions,” he said.

Iketubosin added that the global body had had workshops in different countries but the coming one, holding at Radison Blu, Ikeja GRA, would be the first in Nigeria.

He stressed that the workshop was imperative at a time when the cases of in fertility was rising in the country with the need to help practitioners acquire skills to meet the challenge.

According to him, the event will cover the principles in modern management of infertility and assisted conception, while benefitting medical practitioners interested in the field of assisted reproductive technology, including clinicians, embryologists, researchers, nurses, counselors and students.

Iketubosin said nurses would particularly have pivotal roles and focus at the workshop.

“It is crucial to accord them roles because they are crucial to successful health delivery. They are the ones who directly manage patients,” he said.

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