Govt Infertility centre scripts success story

Thiruvananthapuram: The in vitro fertility (IVF) centre at Sree Avittom Thirunal (SAT) Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram -- the first one in the government sector in south India -- started last year has started generating success stories. Three of the ten women who underwent treatment at the centre, which cut into the space monopolized by private hospitals, in the first batch are now pregnant.
Hospital authorities said the rate is competent with that of private hospitals in the sector. "The treatment has been successful for three women, who are due by November,'' said Dr Sheila Balakrishnan, additional professor in charge of the centre.
Officials said there were around 100 persons in the wait list for treatment here and the cost involved varied from Rs 60,000 to Rs 1 lakh in the first batch. In private hospitals, the expense ranges from Rs1.5 lakh to Rs 2.5 lakh.
The centre offers treatment like intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) - the method of injecting a single sperm directly into the egg -- and testicular sperm aspiration (removal of sperm directly from the testicles if it is not found in the semen) as well.
As per experts, the infertility rate has touched around 15% in the state, and the high rate is attributed to the changes in lifestyle among Keralites, rise in women employment, stress and late marriage.
The government has plans to start two more infertility centres - at Thrissur medical college hospital and Kozhikkode.
Though there are a few fertility centres in North India in the government sector, most of them are almost on the verge of closure. In almost all such places, transferring experts to other hospitals is said to be reason.


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