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IVF: Expert Decries Dearth Of Regulations

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A crusader in assisted pregnancy, Invitro Fertilisation (IVF) and gynecologist, Ngozi Orazuruike has decried the death of regulatory activities in the technique.

Orazuruike said the lack of a regulatory body to monitor the activities of IVF service providers in the country was dangerous.

The gynecologist, who made this statement during an interaction with newsmen shortly after her lecture in Assisted Pregnancy, at a Welcome Forum organised by the Bridge Clinic, Port Harcourt, also drew the  attention of the Federal Ministry of Health and Dental and Medical Society of Nigeria to the unholy practices in the technique, saying that this would portray the country in bad light.

She said, “there is no where in the world IVF is being practiced without regulatory bodies to check the processes and procedures, especially in the face of campaign to reduce maternal morbidity, mortality and infant deaths, which is one of the core areas of focus of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), of the 189 countries of the world including Nigeria”.

She condemned the practice of transfer of multiple embryos, numbering upto 10-15 as some doctors do and warned that this could be dangerous to both the women and babies.

According to her, “some of those in the Assisted Pregnancy Technology transfer as much as 10 or even 15 embryos, this is very condemnable. I tell you the result could be very bad, it often leads to continuous bleeding which makes the chances of losing the pregnancy high, several women have died as a result of carrying multiplicaties  of pregnancies while others have suffered severe side effects including permanent disabilities”.

Orazurike, a consultant gynecologist at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UTH), hinted however, that the Nigeria Society of Gynecologists has started deliberations on the matter and would soon provide some regulatory services for the practice pending when government would come up with theirs.

She expressed optimism in the technology and said the treatment is safe and reliable and described the technology as a “window” for couples that are having difficulty achieving conception naturally and encouraged them to take advantage of the treatment.

He said the Welcome Forum was a monthly activity, created by the management of the clinic”, to give opportunities to couples who are having challenges in achieving pregnancy to interact with those that have achieved success through the services provided by the clinic.

 

Tonye Nria-Dappa

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HIV: FG Restates Commitment To Prevent HIV Among Adolescents

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The Federal Government yesterday restated its commitment to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among adolescents in the country.
The Ministry of Health in collaboration with NACA, UNFPA, UNICEF, launched a document on prevention of HIV in Abuja.
The document is integrated into three titles; “The HIV Investment Case for Adolescents and Young People (2021-2025), The National Condom Operational Plan (2021-2025) and National Condom and Lubricants Quantification (2021-2025).”
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Sen. Yahaya Oloriegbe, identified condom as key in the prevention of the spread of HIV among young people.
Oloruigbe, who commended the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and partners for the effort, called for local production of condoms.
“We need to look inwards by encouraging local manufacturing of condoms in view of government’s dwindling resources, as well as breaking away from over dependence on international donors,” he said.
The Director General of NACA, Dr Gambo Aliyu,asserted the agency’s success in the containment of HIV through prevention and treatment responses.
Aliyu said that the country was committed to achieving the 2030 target of 95-95-95 through collaboration with stakeholders by investing in adolescents.
He added, “we have made huge success when it comes to treatment and prevention with drastic reduction in transmission.”
The NACA boss however affirmed the belief of the agency in using the document to achieve the 95-95-95 target for 2030.
Mrs Zainab Garba of the Federal Ministry of Health commended NACA for launching the document, saying it would enhance young people’s access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights.
Garba reiterated the importance of condom in reducing the spread of HIV and maternal deaths among young people, saying it was key in preventing all manners of sexually transmitted infections.

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Doctor Warns Against Indiscriminate Use Of Contraceptives

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A medical expert, Dr Umar Musa, on Monday warned women against indiscriminate use of contraceptives.
Dr Musa, President, Kaduna State Resident Doctors Association, gave the advice when he spoke with newsmen in Kaduna, noted the indiscriminate consumption of contraceptives to ward off unwanted pregnancies and cautioned that while they could forestall unwanted pregnancies, contraceptives were not antidotes for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
He said there was a particular contraceptive pill in hot demand, but also cautioned that its indiscriminate consumption could delay conception or damage the uterus.
“Too much of this contraceptive will weaken the wall of the womb and damage the uterus which will cause miscarriages in the future.
“There are lots of risks associated with the constant use of this drug. Most ladies consume contraceptives in clinically unsafe ways.
“They use these drugs without knowing the way they interact with the body system and forgetting that people react to drugs in different ways,’’ he said.
Musa also advocated tighter restrictions on the sale of contraceptives and suggested that the use of condoms was an option to stave off unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.
“While a condom may look like a major inconvenience and a fun killer for many, it would protect one from sexually transmitted diseases and prevent pregnancy”.

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Covid-19: NCDC Records 213 New Infections, Two Deaths

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Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) recorded 213 additional new cases of Covid-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 171, 324, as of July 26, 2021.
The NCDC disclosed this on its official Twitter handle yesterday morning.
The health agency also stated that it recorded two Covid-19 related deaths on Monday, while additional nine people recovered from the virus, as of July 26, 2021.
It added that the new infections were recorded in 12 states, namely: Lagos-157, Rivers-20, Plateau-12, Enugu-6, Oyo-6, Gombe-3, Bauchi-2, Imo-2, Kaduna-2, Edo-1, Ekiti-1, and Ogun-1.
It noted that since the outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease in the country on February 27, 2020, a total of 2,134 persons lost their lives, while 164,798 recovered from the virus and discharged from health centres across the country.
NCDC added that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC), activated at Level 2, had continued to coordinate the national response activities.
It stated  that the country tested more than 2.4 million samples for the virus and had detected 10 Covid-19 Delta variant, recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a variant of concern, given its increased transmissibility.
The variant had been detected in over 100 countries and may spread further.
The variant has also been linked to a surge in cases in countries where it is the dominant strain in circulation. There are ongoing studies to understand the impact of the variant on existing vaccines and therapeutics.

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