As Nigeria joined the rest of the World to mark this year’s World Fertility Day, a day set aside with the aim of drawing attention both to the difficulties of many people in having biological children, as well as to the medical advances that currently help many women and men to achieve their desire to be mothers and fathers, the Association for Fertility and Reproductive Health (AFRH) in Nigeria says it will leave no stone unturned to address the issue of childlessness among couples in the country.
Dr Ibrahim Wada, president, AFRH said this at a news conference on the commemoration of the 2022 World Fertility Day in Abuja.
AFRH is a non-governmental association, geared towards the enhancement of quality education and service in reproductive health, as it seeks to continuously create awareness, enhance the education, facilitate research studies and disseminate learning’s among all stakeholders involved in Nigeria as well as globally.
According to Dr Wada, the association will leave no stone unturned to bring succour to those who are childless while ensuring the highest standard of solutions are provided.
He said that the association had a duty to self-regulate, adding that fertility was an area where people got exploited unnecessarily.
He added that the AFRH would make sure that whatever its members do falll within acceptable standards, noting that the association has a fertility forum where it engaged the public to answer their questions.
He said that the key concern for the association remains acceptability and ethical practices, which he said were the top agenda for members.
He said that Nigeria was getting it right in the area of fertility as many from abroad come to the country to seek succour in the area of fertility
“People are coming willingly from abroad to Nigeria to undertake fertility treatment. It shows that what we are doing is good and I am pleased with the advanced technology,” he said.
He said that the association would not force anyone to take fertility treatment that did not align with their faith or culture, adding that the AFRH has a duty to keep reminding Nigerians how it could collectively tackle the fertility problem.
Wada listed the focus of AFRH to include: safe fertility practice within the ethical realm, ensuring clinics were up to standards set in its guideline for self-regulation.
Others are: to educate all practitioners in the field of Art and to work with the Executive and Legislative arms of government and its patients to ensure best practices in the field of assisted reproductive theory.