September 26, 2020

Infertility treatment

Patna: Infertility treatment is set to get cheaper in the state.

The Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) will soon have the In-Vitro Fertilization and Embryo Transfer (IVF_ET) lab with Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) facility in the next six months.

From test tube baby treatment to sperm processing, the lab for infertility treatment at IGIMS would offer all these specialised treatments to childless couples, for which one has to loosen his/her purse strings at private centres. At IGIMS, however, the treatments would cost much less than the private facilities.

IGIMS will also have a state-of-the-art physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR) unit that will be equipped with minor operation theatre (OT) and intensive care unit (ICU) facility – another first in a government set-up. Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has donated Rs 2 crore for the facilities from his MPLAD funds.

While state-run Patna Medical College and Hospital has a PMR department, it is not a full-fledged unit as PMR surgeries are not being taken up at PMCH. The PMR unit at IGIMS will, however, be a full-fledged unit with teams of orthopaedic and neuro-surgeons apart from PMR experts.

According to an estimate, around 10 to 15 per cent married couples suffer from infertility. While most of them get results through medicines or artificial insemination of sperm into the uterus, there are some who require IVF and ICSI treatment. The IVF- ICSI lab would also have an embryology lab complex.

Stunting focus

Prasad highlighted the problem of stunting in Bihar. Prasad said: “One-hundred and fifteen districts across the country have been identified under transformation under Niti Aayog. Of the 115, stunting is prevailing in 12 districts of Bihar. The Prime Minister has asked the ministers to visit the backward districts in their region.”

He added: “As part of this, I have already visited Sitamarhi and all set to visit Gaya, Begusarai, Nawada and Purnea. I request IGIMS experts to visit these districts, find reasons for stunting and offer solutions.”

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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