By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Dr. Balwant Singh’s Hospital has announced the successful launch of its In Vitro Fertilization [IVF] program, having delivered Guyana’s first IVF baby on September 16.
Medical Director and Gynecologist, Dr Madhu Singh told a media conference on Tuesday, September 23 that “both baby and mother are doing well and were discharged from the hospital on September 18.”
The IVF program started in January of this year and according to Dr. Singh, who is a mother of three, it gives her a great sense of fulfillment to assist those who have unsuccessfully tried to conceive.
“It is the only option for patients with low sperms counts, blocked fallopian tubes or patients with prolonged unexplained infertility. It is also the only option for patients using donor sperms or donor eggs, as well as those women who have severe uterus problems or have lost their uterus to surgery and wish to have a baby. These women can use a surrogate to carry their baby,” Dr Singh explained.
This is the only IVF program in Guyana and before it was introduced by the hospital, Guyanese patients had to travel to Trinidad or Barbados for this type of technology and in many cases they had to make multiple visits and incur additional expenses.
According to Dr Singh, the cost for such a procedure is US$8,000 and the first baby is a boy, however due to doctor/patient confidentiality the identity of the patient could not be reveled, however pictures of the baby boy were made available.
So far the hospital has processed 56 patients in the IVF program. The investment for the lab at the hospital is US$500,000.
Dr. Singh is an Indian national who has been living in Guyana for over 28 years; she first started at the Georgetown Hospital where she said she gained invaluable experience. She has been with the Balwant Singh hospital from its establishment.