13th September, 2010
In the spirit of Nigeriaâ€™s 50th independence anniversary celebration, an Ikeja- basedÂ specialist hospital, St Ives Hospital, through its St Ives Foundation is offering 50%Â discount for health solutions in the area of Invitro-Fertilisation (IVF) to childlessÂ couples who ordinarily wanted the IVF option but could not afford to pay for the service.
According to the Chief Medical Director of the Hospital, Dr. Tunde Okewale, â€œthe cost of aÂ normal a cyle of IVF treatment has been reduced by 50% including the cost of injection,Â drugs and treatmentâ€.
Okewale added the special offer will run through the month of October, but for couples toÂ enjoy this discounted rate, they must register for the treatment between September 13 andÂ 27, 2010 after which the former rate would apply.
While explaining the rationale behind the initiative, the Chief Medical Director maintainedÂ that the management of the hospital decided to slash the cost of treatment in commemorationÂ of the 50th anniversary of Nigeria, noting that the IVF method of assisted pregnancy is oneÂ of the gains recorded in the health sector since the country gained independence from herÂ colonial masters.
â€œThis is our own little way of wishing the country a happy 50th birthday anniversary. ItÂ presents a rare opportunity for couples who have been married for years to come to ourÂ hospital and receive world class IVF treatment that will bring joy and laughter to theirÂ lives forever, instead of wallowing in pain and being miserable,â€ Okewale further said.
Over the years, the hospital has successfully delivered close to 200 IVF babies. JustÂ recently, the hospital delivered the oldest IVF mother in Nigeria, 57-year-old Mrs. AdeyemiÂ Taiwo, of a bouncing baby girl. This was achieved through the Invitro-Fertilization (IVF)Â Unit of the specialist hospital.