New fertility centre in Vadodara

The city got its newest In-vitro Fertilisation (IVF) centre when state Health Minister Jay Narayan Vyas inaugurated the unit at Surajben Gordhanbhai Patel Women's Hospital on Sunday. The trust hospital, which aims to cater to the middle-class and the economically poor families, will provide the facility at only 40 per cent of the market rate.

Jagdish Patel, secretary of the KGP Children's Hospital, which is run by the same trust, said: "The IVF procedure, which is commonly identified with 'test-tube baby', involves several laboratory investigations. The drugs are costly, and so is the IVF technology. The micromanipulation required in a laboratory entails a huge expenditure on infrastructure. Nearly Rs 80,000 is spent on a patient till the time she conceives. We will be offering these services at about 40 per cent of prevailing charges."

He added: "Over 20 per cent of married couples need IVF and yet cannot afford it. So, the trust will adopt five poor patients and bear half the cost of treatment."

Surajben Gordhanbhai Patel Women's Hospital Hospital also intends to start surrogacy service in the future.

"Every woman with infertility issues does not need surrogacy. It is much hyped. But we plan to offer this facility later, after IVF picks up momentum," Patel said.

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