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UPTH Celebrates First Assisted Reproductive Conception

Barely two weeks into the New Year 2019, the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital recorded yet another milestone in the area of Assisted Reproductive Conception.

The Chief Medical Director holding the baby and addressing the press.

On Monday 7th January 2019,  a lady who had been undergoing In vitro Fertilization was successfully delivered of a bouncing baby boy and this hearty news was received with great delight by the Chief Medical Director Professor Henry A. A. Ugboma and other members of Management who were holding this year’s first Hospital Management Committee meeting.

Professor Ugboma who led some officials to the Postnatal Ward on a felicitation visit to the baby commended the mother for believing in the Hospital’s capacity to handle her case, noting that her act of faith challenged the hospital team to do its best in ensuring a successful outcome.

He also showered praises on Professor John Ikimalo and his team in the Assisted Reproductive Conception (ARC) unit who by this feat justified the huge investment made by the hospital in the area of training and equipment.

The Chief Medical Director assured members of the public to take advantage of the hospital’s IVF services, noting that it was the most cost-effective one available.

Earlier, the Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Dr. Preye Fiebai expressed gratitude to God for the milestone, describing it as the outcome of collaboration by staff of various discipline and sub-specialties.

Head, O & G Dept, Dr. Preye Febai speaking to press on the milestone.

Dr. Fiebai also commended the hospital’s Management for creating the enabling environment to achieve such a notable feat, assuring that every support needed by the ARC unit will be made available in order to sustain the gains currently being celebrated.

On his part the Head of the Assisted Reproductive Conception Unit Professor John Ikimalo, while thanking God for the feat, recalled the history behind the establishment of the ARC unit in 2007 and the joy of seeing a dream, come true for the family.

Prof. Ikimalo (2nd right) explaining the IVF breakthrough, the CMD (middle) listens.

Professor Ikimalo also applauded the roles of past Chief Medical Directors including Dr. Etawo, and Professor Ojule and the current Chief Medical Director Professor Ugboma for their support.

The mother of the miracle baby who chose to remain anonymous expressed joy and gratitude to God for ending years of pains and sorrow waiting for the fruit of the womb. She also commended the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital for delivering on its promise as a reliable centre for In vitro fertilization services, urging other intending mothers to take advantages of the ARC facility to experience the joy of motherhood.

Baby David (the IVF infant)

Amongst Management staff who witnessed the ceremony were the Acting Director of Administration Mr. Akie O. Hart, the Deputy Director of Nursing Services Mrs. Patricia Gad-Harry and the Public Relations Officer Mr. Kem Daniel_Elebiga, who coordinated the media coverage of the milestone.

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