There is a ray of hope for women suffering with infertility issues as Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar on Saturday started first state-of-art “assisted reproductive center” at maternity Lal Ded Hospital here.
The facility will prove helpful for women to conceive who are otherwise bereft with infertility of certain nature, said Prof Shahnaz Taing, head department of gynecology and obstetrics at GMC.
She said till date the facility was available only in private sector and would cost patients heavily. “Now, with this treatment available in our hospital, we have laid the foundation for a comprehensive assisted reproductive technology center,” she said.
She said Intrauterine Insemination, also called artificial insemination often requires follow-ups and close and efficient care to make pregnancy a success which was a problem in private sector. “How many follow-ups will a patient go for outside the state or how long can she afford to stay there?” she said.
She said the hospital had procured state-of-art equipment for the procedure at the Center.
The center was inaugurated by Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education Atal Dulloo who described the facility as a “huge leap” for the government healthcare sector in J&K.
“Infertility treatments must be available to anyone requiring it, irrespective of their economic status,” he said.
He added that an ‘advanced fertility center’ for GMC Srinagar was in the pipeline. “It might take some time but the idea is to take the hospital to a level where women can avail advanced treatments, including that for infertility,” he said.
Principal GMC Srinagar, Prof Kaiser Ahmed said people from J&K were spending lot of money on infertility treatments outside the state. “Moreover, the expertise that we have here in GMC is unmatched and all the treatments will be offered at Government rates,” he said.
According to doctors at the hospital, infertility was a growing concern among women in Kashmir and the facilities for its treatment were minimal.
Moreover, a senior doctor said, till date, due to the high cost of treatments, help was being sought only by people who could afford it.
“There is a huge disparity between infertility treatments due to the cost involved,” said a doctor.
Medical superintendent LD Hospital, Dr Shabir A Siddiqui said that the infertility clinic would run in hospital OPD six days a week. “All heads of the units will be extending the facility,” he said.
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