Reprieve seems to be coming the way of Nigerians seeking children as St. Ives Specialist Hospital, Lagos, has again slashed the cost of its In-Vitro Fertilisation, IVF, by 50 per cent.
Every year, the hospital, in collaboration with Ives Medicare Foundation, strives to make In-Vitro Fertilization, IVF, treatments affordable and accessible to indigent Nigerians in need of children.
The annual 50 per cent discount was hatched in 2010 and has helped thousands in the past six years.
Commenting on the initiative, the Director of the hospital, Dr. Babatunde Okewale, said St Ives identified cost as a major factor militating against stemming incidences of infertility in Nigeria. According to him, “this informed the reason the hospital has resolved to continually make IVF accessible and affordable to couples.”
“Therefore, interested couples are urged to take the 50 percent discount promo and register for the treatment,’’ he said.
Okewale, explained that though IVF services were available and effective in helping fertility-challenged couples to have children, the cost was preventing many couples from accessing the new technology.
He said: “We have identified cost as a major factor militating against stemming the incidence of infertility in Nigeria.
‘’To this end, we have strengthened our resolve to make continuously IVF accessible and relatively affordable to couples. “
He recalled that a year ago, the success story of Mrs. Christie Omolara Orurhe stunned many when the 60-year-old mother was delivered of a baby by the St. Ives team, thus creating a new African record as the oldest IVF mother, equalling that of the United Kingdom.