By Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
A Fertility Specialist, Dr. Derek Amoateng, has admonished couples having difficulties conceiving naturally not to be discouraged since there are scientifically proven methods to address such anomalies.
Dr. Amoateng, gave the admonishing when delivering a keynote paper on behalf of the President of the Family Health University College (FHUC) Prof. E. Y. Kwawukume, at a day’s lecture for fertility experts in Accra.
The lecture which was put together by FHUC was on the theme; ‘INFERTILITY ISSUES and SOLUTIONS with MODERN SCIENCE’
The Fertility Specialist outlined how couples who have difficulties conceiving naturally can resort to modern Assisted Reproduction Technology (ART) to have babies in the shortest possible time.
He again implored society to take it easy on couples or individuals yet to bear children as stresses from such attitudes also hinder conception.
In another development, the Family Health University College, in association with Health Plus-Inde, Marengo Asia Hospitals, and ART Fertility Clinics, has organized a week-long Urology and Fertility Clinics for the general public at the Family Health Hospital in Teshie, Accra.
Dr. Rajeev Sood, Chairman of the Renal Transplant Unit from Marengo Hospitals, India, with over twenty-three years of experience led a team of Urologists for a three-day Urology Specialist Clinic.
Dr. Sood and his team of experts diagnosed and reviewed clients with enlarged prostate glands, urethral strictures, prostate cancer, cryptorchidism, penile Implants for treatment of erectile dysfunction, kidney transplants, kidney stones, and male infertility issues among others.
Together with Ghanaian specialists, Dr. Sood has supervised two successful ground-breaking kidney transplant surgeries at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana.
Patients who thronged the Family Health Hospital for the exercise said they were very satisfied with the services rendered by Dr. Sood and his team and are therefore, appealing to the authorities at the FHUC for the week-long Urology and Fertility Clinics to be held periodically.
Dr. Sonu Ahalawat, a well-known IVF & Infertility Specialist from ART Fertility Clinics in India also led a team of experts to take the general public through the two-day Fertility Clinic.
Dr. Sonu advises the public on Oocyte Pick-Up (OPU), Embryo Transfer, Intrauterine Insemination, Follicular Aspiration, Laparoscopic Procedures Surgeries, and others.
He educated participants on ‘modern trends in improving oocyte yield in poor responders’ and ‘frozen embryo transfer protocols and evidence’.
In her welcome address, the Medical Coordinator at the Family Health Hospital, Dr. Mrs. Rebecca Acquaah-Arhin, explained that the collaboration between Family Health University College, Health Plus India, Marengo Asia Hospitals, and ART Fertility Clinics in India is the first of many to come.
According to her, the rationale behind such health collaborations is to provide specialist medical services and procedures that are currently unavailable in Ghana.
She bemoaned how patients had to struggle to raise huge resources to travel to India and other places for specialised medical procedures like kidney Transplants and Penile implants.
She was, however glad to add that, patients raising money for such procedures will soon be a thing of the past due to such collaborations. Such collaborations she noted will help build the capacity of Ghanaian doctors, especially in the specialties of Urology and Assisted Reproductive Technology, thereby making Ghana a medical hub in the sub-region of Africa.
Family Health Hospital’s Assisted Reproductive Technology Centre (Fertility Clinic) is an ultra-modern state-of-the-art Centre equipped with the latest technology in fertility care.
The Fertility Centre has a team of Specialists and highly trained professionals who are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of couples or individuals having conception challenges.
The team includes gynecologists, andrology specialists, embryologists, and specially trained nurses.
Attached to the Centre is one of the most modern equipped laboratories, with specialized services such as frozen embryo transfer, sperm freezing, embryo freezing, semen analysis, Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI), among others.