MUHIMBILI National Hospital (MNH) envisages becoming the first public health facility in the country to offer in vitro fertilisation (IVF) service, giving new hopes to needy patients.
Experts describe IVF as a process where an egg is combined with sperm outside the body, in vitro.
The process involves monitoring and stimulating a woman’s ovulatory process, removing the ovum or ova from the woman’s ovaries and letting sperm fertilise them in liquid in a laboratory.
MNH Executive Director Professor Lawrence Museru told reporters in Dar es Salaam that the hospital was in important final preparations, including procurement and installation of equipment to allow the service commencement in the next two months.
“We dispatched our specialists to India to study IVF service provision in public institutions and the kind of infrastructure and equipment needed for the service,” he said.
He said currently experts are conducting architectural assessment for rehabilitation of the building at MNH for the service provision before construction of the transplant centre at MNH-Mloganzila.
Prof Museru said patients will be required to pay for the service, adding that the actual cost will be made public in the near future.
MNH Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology Department Dr Vincent Tarimo said there are four protocols for use in provision of IVF services, hinting that the price can range between 2m/- to 10m/-, subject to the used protocol.
He said the national hospital receives averagely 350 women who attend maternal clinic, with between 20 and 25 women facing infertility problems.
Prof Museru said the institution intends to build the transplant centre at MNHMloganzila to ensure sustainability of all transplant services.
He said the centre will host services, including renal transplant, cochlear implant, IVF liver transplant, bone marrow transplant and skills lab.
The government has released fund for the centre construction and currently experts are conducting architectural assessment for construction of the building at Mloganzila.
So far, 51 patients have undergone kidney transplant, 34 cochlear implant and 558 patients have benefited from interventional radiology services.