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Monday, July 27, 2015

'Functioning of IVF Clinic Won't be HIT'

The functioning of the In Vitro Fertilisation Clinic at Sree Avittom Thirunal (SAT) Hospital here will continue without any hindrance and the government plans to upgrade the facility into a Department of Reproductive Medicine, Health Minister V S Sivakumar told the Assembly on Friday.

 Sivakumar was replying to a submission by V Sivankutty of the CPM, who urged the government to ensure that the clinic functions effectively in the wake of the unit’s head being transferred to the proposed Medical College in Konni.

 “The IVF clinic is the first successful one of its kind in the government sector in south India. As many as 18 children were born after couples sought treatment in the facility. It is a big boon for economically weaker sections, for whom IVF treatment is unaffordable,” Sivakumar said.

 The Health Minister said that the government was committed in ensuring that the clinic functions smoothly. “Dr Sheila Balakrishnan, who headed the IVF unit, was promoted and transferred to Konni Medical College. Her transfer will not affect the functioning of the facility as other doctors at SAT have been adequately trained in this discipline,” Sivakumar said.

 The Health Minister said that it was the UDF government’s policy to set up IVF clinics in all medical colleges of the state. “The work for setting up an IVF clinic in Kottayam Medical College is underway and the next facility would be set up at Kozhikode Medical College,” he added.

Sources: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/thiruvananthapuram/Functioning-of-IVF-Clinic-Wont-be-HIT/2015/07/25/article2938610.ece

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