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First Test Tube, IVF Baby Delivered At The University Of Ilorin Teaching Hospital UITH

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First Test Tube, IVF Baby Delivered At The University Of Ilorin Teaching Hospital UITH

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August 7, 2013 – First Test Tube, IVF Baby Delivered At The University Of Ilorin Teaching Hospital UITH

The successful delivery of a baby, through In-Vitro Fertilisation, sparks off celebrations at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, writes SUCCESS NWOGU

Mrs. Ramat Jamiu’s joy knew no bounds when she was delivered of a bouncing baby boy in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State. Her bundle of joy had arrived after nine tormenting years of childlessness and anxiety.

The nursing mother had cause to be grateful to the doctors at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, whose expertise had ensured the safe delivery in the first place.

Jamiu’s baby is the product of the hospital’s first successful attempt at In-Vitro Fertilisation. With this feat, the UITH officially joins the list of teaching hospitals that have undergone this medical procedure in the country. The others are the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Lagos; Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, Osun State, and the University College Hospital, Ibadan , Oyo State.

In an interview with our correspondent on Friday, Jamiu admitted that initially she had refused to undergo the treatment. Eventually, she decided to give it a try after the doctors told her that IVF was her only chance of having a baby of her own – husband, a professor of Islamic and Arabic Studies at the Kwara State University, encouraged her, she noted.

The ‘brand new’ nursing mother said she had visited several private hospitals in Kano, Abuja and Lagos – in search of a solution to her childlessness and had spent a lot of money, but failed to achieve any positive result until her husband advised her to try a teaching hospital.

She said, “It is a shameful experience not to have a baby after several years of marriage. But thank God, I am happy now that I have a baby of my own. I have been to hospitals across the country. I spent so much money, but in vain. Eventually God answered my prayer and things worked well for me at UITH. For the couples who are having difficulty in child birth, they should know that God is capable of giving them a child. When God says your time has come, nothing will stop it.”

Still relishing the arrival of her baby, Jamiu urged Nigerians to have more faith in the public healthcare system. She advised fertility-challenged couples to take advantage of the benefits of modern medicine to solve their problems.

She said there was no reason for Nigerians to seek medical treatment abroad since the local hospitals were capable of handling their cases at cheaper costs.

So far, over five million babies have been born, via IVF, in the world since the birth of the first test tube baby, Louise Brown, in a London Hospital in 1978. Also, an estimated 2000 babies have been born through the same procedure in Nigeria.

The consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the UITH, Dr. Lukman Omotayo, said Jamiu was managed by the hospital for about one year before she had the baby through a Caesarian Section last Friday.

Omokanye said, “Infertility in marriage is not just for the woman; both the husband and the wife must be involved to achieve any form of success. That is what happened in this case; we had her husband cooperation all the way.”

He said that after several consultations with the woman and her husband and every possible case of gynaecological deformity had been ruled out, the hospital had decided to try IVF.

“Fortunately we found out that the husband’s sperm, in spite of his age, could fertilise his wife’s eggs and that she also had viable eggs that could be fertilised by sperm. So, we were expecting a fruitful result. The procedure is to get fertilisable eggs from her. It took us one month.

“First, she was down-regulated with a drug called Suprefact® for 14 days. We prepared her for eggs collection and subsequently we did micro epididymal sperm aspiration to obtain sperm from the spouse to fertilise her eggs through a procedure called intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection.

“We injected the sperm into each egg. This was then incubated for 72 hours and confirmed evidence of fertilisation. After 72 hours, it became an embryo. This was later transferred into her womb. That is what eventually developed into pregnancy. Pregnancy was confirmed after two weeks of transfer into the womb.”

Omotayo said that prior to delivery, Jamiu had been coming to the clinic every two weeks to ensure that the baby was fine because, according to him, the pregnancy was very special.

He said that the pregnancy was uneventful, meaning that there was no complication, apart from the conventional challenges of pregnancy, such as abdominal discomfort and occasional body weakness.

Omotayo said , “We confirmed that she was carrying a baby boy after 18 weeks. She was meant to deliver on August 16, but this kind of special baby could not be allowed to go through the stress of labour. Another thing about this pregnancy is that the baby was coming as a breech (a baby comes with the feet as opposed to the head). However, there were no hitches during delivery. He weighed 3.25kg. This is a memorable day in the history of UITH as the centre also witnessed the inauguration of several projects.”

Also, the UITH Chief Medical Director, Prof. Abdulwaheed Olatinwo, described the development as another major breakthrough recorded by the institution in its quest for medical advancement.

He said, “I am very happy for the family and UITH. We are happy that we were able to do this. For a very long time, we kept our competence and capability in assisted reproductive technology low so that there would not be much noise.

“This is the beginning of good things to come. I said with prayers and the support of people, by the grace of God, before the end of the year, we should have the first baby through laboratory procedure.”

Olatinwo said the UITH was capable of assisting more mothers in Kwara State and beyond to achieve conception. He added that the hospital had also bought some modern medical equipment for this purpose.

[Report by Success Nwosu, Punch Health]



  1. Charles

    August 7, 2013 at 4:20 AM

    Very impressive !!!
    This is what development is, not paying 100,000 dollars in dowry for a 13 yr old girl. If Nigeria can invest the ways of developing this beautiful country of ours… It will one day compete with other western countries. Nigerians are among the most educated populations in the world … “Kudos to UITH”

  2. Toke

    August 7, 2013 at 5:18 AM

    Allah is the Greatest!!!

  3. dollar

    August 7, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    well done job

  4. abike

    August 7, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Father u av been doing it for people help me Lord and give hear to my heart cry Lord enough of this reproach in my life.fank u God cos I believe u av done it and u ll surely perfect it in Jesus name.AMEN

  5. Victory

    August 7, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    I think,this is not the work of man, it is the Lords doing,for that,no credit should be giving to that hospital or it doctors,bcos the Bible said except the Lord build a house, they labour in vain that build it!

    • Charles

      August 8, 2013 at 3:58 AM

      God works through us. He directs and through hard work it comes to pass. Faith without work is nothing. You have to be a vessel to be used by God ; and by that it means hard work my dear!

  6. Godswill

    August 7, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    wonderful… 9ja guys. We can do it. Kudos… Lets try cloaning…

  7. @awesomekizito

    August 8, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    Its a thing of joy to hear..thumbs up doctors for a job well done

  8. sayeed fatimah

    September 26, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Alhamdulillah,am a staff of this great institution. May Almigthy Allah in His mercies continue to be with us in all our endeavours.I say a big congrant to our able CMD.

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