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NHIS: Medical Experts Advocate Inclusion of Infertility Treatment

Medical experts have advocated the inclusion of infertility treatment in the National Health Insurance Scheme to reduce the burden of Nigerians seeking assistance on conception.

At a training in Abeokuta, the doctors described infertility as one of the major public health challenges affecting many families.

An estimate of about one hundred and eighty six million people in the world have infertility problem with Africa accounting for forty percent.

The training which attracted medical doctors across the states of the federation was organised by the Nordica fertility centre to equip professionals on best ways to manage some cases with modern technology.

A gynecologist from the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan, Dr Olayinka Ogunbode who said infertility as a major problem usually ascribed to women explained that part of the training was to come up with ways to reduce stigma on couples affected by infertility.

Doctor Ogunbode who is also the secretary, society of gynecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria said there was the need for government to train and equip Hospitals with necessary machinery in a bid to reduce infertility in the country.

He explained that efforts are in motion to check illegal fertility centers across the country.

Also, a consultant gynecologist from Nordica fertility centre, Dr Ifeoluwa Oyetunji who spoke on intrauterine insemination said the method was cheaper than other infertility treatments.

Some participants who spoke with journalists said training and retraining of medical professionals were essential towards improved service delivery in the health sector. 

Earlier, the Chief executive officer of the centre, Dr Abayomi Ajayi had promised to sustain the training for the development of the Profession.

Olusegun Folarin

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