JUTH Delivers 1st IVF Babies

02 April 2021 by MWUESE ADEM

The Jos University Teaching Hospital JUTH has received its first In-Vitro Fertilization, IVF babies.

The Procedure and delivery of the set of triplets was carried out by the JUTH-IVF specialists team led by Professor Patrick Daru.

The Chief Medical Director, Professor Edmund Banwat made this known while speaking with Journalists in Jos.

IVF, is a type of Assistive Reproductive Technology ART, which involves retrieving eggs from a woman’s ovaries and fertilizing them with the sperm.

Addressing newsmen on the development, the Chief Medical Director, Professor Banwat said the IVF being the first has placed JUTH on the global map of centres that assist delivery which he described as a great achievement.

He explained that establishment of the facility was supported by the Tetfund aimed at finding solution to difficultly in conception in families.

Leader of the team and the Coordinator of the IVF center, professor Patrick Daru, said the procedure was successful while the mother and triplets were all in stable condition.

Professor Daru added that plans are underway to address genetic challenges such as gene editing towards addressing disorders like sickle cell for healthy babies.

A Fertility Nurse, Rifkatu Lana who led Newsmen round the facility said it was fully equipped to carry out the task and also affordable.

Father of the children, Mr. John Odunayo said it was a moment of joy as the family had waited for 9 years.

The IVF center commenced fully last year with many assisted pregnancies awaiting delivery.

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