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Medical experts unveil state-of-the-art fertility centre in Lagos

By Ijeoma Nwanosike
22 September 2022   |   2:07 am
One Wellness Centre in affiliation with Fetal Medicine Foundation Belgium has unveiled its state-of-the-art fertility centre in a bid to boost proper diagnosis and proffer solutions to reproductive healthcare in the country.

One Wellness Centre in affiliation with Fetal Medicine Foundation Belgium has unveiled its state-of-the-art fertility centre in a bid to boost proper diagnosis and proffer solutions to reproductive healthcare in the country. The hyper-modern fertility centre furnished with the latest state-of-the-art equipment was unveiled, recently, at Victoria Island, Lagos. The centre provides a reliable and comfortable alternative for individuals seeking best-in-class reproductive healthcare with each purpose-built section of the centre designed to provide optimum comfort as patients undergo examinations, provide samples, receive healthcare, and recuperate from procedures.

Speaking at the panel, a fertility specialist, Dr. Joe Khalifeh, gave a brief explanation on fetal medicine and how specialised procedure by experts can improve the success probability of fertility treatments with smarter and more precise equipment. Maternal–fetal medicine, also known as perinatology, is a branch of medicine that focuses on managing health concerns of the mother and fetus prior to, during, and shortly after pregnancy.

He said: “Fetal medicine has to do with the growth of the fetus and we mainly use ultrasound for the diagnosis. We operate on fetuses inside the womb and these procedures cannot be done for every abnormality. There are few abnormalities where it could be done but mainly in twin pregnancy where there is twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome called monochorionic.”

The Practice Manager at One Wellness Centre, Dr. Chibuki Aigbe, spoke on the uniqueness of the facility and what they have to offer to the general public. She said: “We are very unique in our offerings and we have invested heavily in technology and personnel to offer the best management protocols in gynaecology and specifically assisted reproductive technology.”

Aigbe also spoke on the necessity and the need to build the centre in order to help minimise the rate at which people travel abroad to get better health care management.

She said: “We realised that we didn’t have the capacity more than ever before to manage healthcare and a lot of people have the habit of visiting other countries for health care, so, we thought to have a global standard facility at reasonable price for people to access healthcare assisted reproduction.”

Going further, Aigbe explained the feasibility studies of their market survey and what encouraged them to build such a centre. “When we did our feasibility studies, we had about approximately 30 other ideas of centres but just about one had the latest technology as of then so we decided to go into this sector above and beyond what that IVF centre had. And we also realized that the success rate were somewhere between 30 to 40 percent, given the experts we have and the investments in technology, we can raise it up to 60 percent.

The CEO, Pretty Baubles, Mrs. Hilda Egboh spoke on the stigma and secrecy surrounding people who use assisted reproduction healthcare which she said is mainly as a result of culture and religion.

She said: “We just want to belong, with the way our culture is; we want to be biological mothers and Nigerians don’t believe in adoption. We are the ones with the most number of children available for adoption, but we are the ones less likely to adopt.”