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. . . Vows to enforce standards

Lagos State Government has restated its commitment to ensuring that practitioners of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) in the State adhere strictly to standards for rendering quality reproductive health services to patients.

Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, who was represented by the Executive Secretary, Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency, HEFAMAA, Dr. Abiola Idowu at a stakeholders’ forum organised by the Association of Fertility and Reproductive Health (AFRH) recently, disclosed that the State Government is very passionate at ensuring conformity with minimum set standards as well as deployment of the right and basic equipment to provide quality assisted reproductive health services.

He disclosed that the State Government partnered AFRH to ensure adequate supervision of all facilities providing fertility services across the State, adding that extra efforts will be deployed to remove the myths surrounding infertility and reproduction through effective campaigns, education and sensitisation.

Abayomi noted that the forum was meant to create a robust interface between fertility specialists, members of the AFRH and all stakeholders involved in fertility treatment as well as pass information to patients so that they do not associate with quacks.

He disclosed that the Lagos State Government had inaugurated a seven-man committee early this year to monitor, regulate and enforce quality compliance in A.R.T practice in the State.

The Commissioner emphasised that the constitution of the committee was in line with Lagos State government’s vision to ensure best practices in assisted fertility practice, assuring that the inauguration of the committee will foster professionalism, quality assurance and curb quackery in assisted fertility practice.

Abayomi advised members of the public to patronise facilities with HEFAMAA logo and interface with HEFAMAA’s portal, known as E-Hefamaa, which has one of its schedules dedicated to Assisted Reproductive Technology. 

He assured that HEFAMAA in collaboration with the committee will do all it takes to ensure best practices in assisted reproductive and fertility practice. 

“HEFAMAA is known for its tough stance against quackery and unprofessional practices; in line with our mandates, sanity must return to ART practice. I, therefore, use this medium to urge all practitioners and health facilities involved in ART practice to register and ensure proper accreditation with HEFAMAA because it will not be business as usual”, he warned.

In his remarks, the President of AFRH, Dr. Ibrahim Wada who was represented by the First Vice-President of the Association, Dr. Preye Fiebai lauded the Lagos State Government for setting the pace in the regulation of ART practice in the country. 

Wada expressed optimism that the inaugurated Committee will bring about outstanding achievements and work assiduously to reposition the practise of ART in the State. 

A member of the Committee and immediate Past President of AFRH, Dr. Faye Iketubosin reiterated that the purpose of the forum was to educate and sensitise the populace on infertility and give them the opportunity to make inquiries and contributions based on their experiences. 

“This will afford us the opportunity to get feedback from the public,” he remarked.

Highlights of the stakeholders’ forum were presentations titled Overview of Assisted Reproductive Technology and Initial Patient Assessment by Dr. Lateef Akinola; Clinical Treatment Options and Stimulation Protocols by Dr. Olugbenga Ogunkoya; Laboratory Overview and Processes by Mr. Femi Akinrinola and Nursing Role and Counselling by Dr. Kehinde Bamgbona.

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