University Of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital Records First IVF Baby Conception

Gladys Nweke

University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) has said the hospital yesterday, recorded a feat in its health care delivery service to the public as the hospital had delivered its first In- Vitro Fertilization ( IVF ) conception baby.

Speaking to newsmen on the successful delivery of the IVF baby yesterday at the hospital, the Chief Medical Director, UPTH, Prof Henry Arinzi Ugboma said the 34 year old mother of the baby delivered her child without any complications.

Prof Ugboma who took newsmen around the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the hospital where the baby was delivered by a team of medical professionals, said the idea and the process of conceptualising IVF in UPTH started in 2007.

The Chief Medical Director said the mother of the new baby was admitted into the hospital for IVF conception nine months ago and today, she is carrying her child healthy.

Prof Ugboma at the same time called on women looking for babies and the public to come to the hospital for a safe IVF conception, saying the cost of carrying out the procedure is affordable compared to private hospitals.

Describing the process as a hitch free, Ugboma thanked the team of UPTH medical experts led by prof John Ikimalo of Conception Unit and Dr Preye Fiebai of Obstetric and Gynaecology and the nurses for the successful delivery.

He admonished women with delivery challenges or those looking for the fruit of the womb to approach the hospital for a safe IVF conception.

UPTH, the CMD said is well equipped with competent and experienced medical team and manpower to handle a successful IVF procedure to any woman irrespective of her age.

He called on mothers searching for babies and the public to always have confidence in the hospital and team of processionals handling the IVF process.

On her part, speaking to the newsmen on her hospital bed while breast feeding the IVF baby, the mother of the baby said she came to UPTH for the procedure nine months ago and today she is carrying a healthy bouncing baby.

The 34-year old mother who did not want her name to be mentioned, said she was without a baby for ten years after marriage and had undergone some operations in search of a baby outside UPTH.

On how much she spent for the IVF in UPTH, the happy mother said she spent relatively Eight Hundred Thousand Naira, N800,000 for the procedure compared to what private hospital charges.

She called on mothers who are looking for babies to come to UPTH for a perfect IVF conceptions for a safe delivery.

The mother of the baby who was full of happines, described the team of doctors and nurses that performed the safe delivery as wonderful, and excellent to their duty.

At the same vein, the happy father of the new born baby and his relatives were also at the ward while thanking God for the successful delivery of their child.


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