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Health News of Saturday, 8 March 2014

Source: Graphic Online

Ashanti records second set of test tube babies

For the second time, the Peaceland Clinic at Suntreso in Kumasi has delivered a set of triplets, two females and a male, through In Vitro Fertilisation and Embryo Transfer (IVF-ET).

Two embryos were transferred to the mother, but one divided into two, resulting in two identical twin girls and a male.

In September 2013, the clinic recorded its first set of IVF triplets popularly referred to as test tube babies, for a couple from the Brong Ahafo Region.

Assisted reproductive services have been available in the country since the early 1990s, but couples in the Ashanti Region and other regions had to travel to Tema and Accra in the Greater Accra Region for such services.

IVF services, which are now available in Kumasi, have brought some relief to couples seeking such treatment for infertility.

The Medical Director and Fertility Specialist of the Peaceland Clinic, Dr Rudolph Kantum Adageba, who confirmed this told The Mirror that procreation for certain couples could not be possible through natural means due to some medical conditions.

Dr Adageba said he and his team of fertility specialists were overwhelmed with the successful outcome of the treatment.

The mother of the triplets, Mrs Juliana Oppong, 35, shared her ordeal of wanting to bear a child for the past seven years since she got married to her husband, Mr Oppong, 40.

She expressed her gratitude to the doctor for the advice and assistance for her successful delivery.

She appealed to the general public with similar fertility problems to seek specialised medical treatment instead of blaming witches for their inability to conceive.

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