By Chioma Obinna
Fertility experts have emphasized the urgent need for regulation in the practice of infertility care in the country with a view to saving the practice and the silent voice of the unborn child.
The experts, who spoke under the auspices of Association for Fertility and Reproductive Health, AFRH, noted that infertility treatment is not without complications hence the need for care givers to be licensed to do so and ready to practice ethically, following specific guidelines to ensure women’s safety.
Addressing a press conference in Lagos on its 5th International Conference with the theme Role of Ethics and Regulation in IVF, President of AFRH, Dr. Taye Iketubosun, posited that a woman should not die in the process of trying to have a child and the unborn child or product of fertility treatment deserves both maternal and paternal care.
Iketubosun, who noted that there was a lot of ignorance regarding infertility treatment in Nigeria, said ethics and regulation would make the practice safe for both practitioners and clients.
Iketubosun said: “Due to the effects and stigmatization attached to the infertile couple, a lot of clinics are springing up in an attempt to meet this need. It is imperative to have regulation and ethical best practice guidelines in this field of medicine.
“AFRH is set to provide guidelines on ethical practice and to set in motion the move for regulation in IVF practice to ensure the average citizen, who requires the service, has access to safe and ethical care.”
He regretted that due to childlessness many women have been forced to do strange things.
He said: “AFRH is a body of IVF practitioners, doctors, embryologists, fertility nurses, counse-llors and pharmacists, who come together to share ideas and best prac-tices in the field of IVF.”