Saturday, May 9, 20..
Couples with AS-AS or SS-AS genotype combinations can now be pre-assured they will not give birth to children with sickle cell anemia. This is made possible through a new technology called Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD).
In-vitro Fertilization (IVF), a form of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) has helped many couples achieve conception. It has saved many marriages/homes from possible break-ups and tensions.
Beyond helping people conceive, there are benefits attached to IVF that many do not know about. One of such is the Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD). A round of IVF produces several embryos before transfer into the woman’s uterus. In order to, among other things, prevent genetic diseases, PGD could be introduced to test the characteristics of the embryos by analyzing a cell of each.
PGD can discover embryos that have infections or prone to diseases against those that do not. It can therefore help couples avoid giving birth to children with sickle cell anemia, and disorders like Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s caused by mutated genes. It also helps check against hereditary diseases such as diabetes and cancer.
In addition, the PGD can help parents decided the gender of their child through a safer gender pre-selection procedure to pick the embryo with - either XX (female) or XY (male) chromosomes - before implantation is done.
TruCare Fertility Clinic is a Nigerian fertility clinic that offers these services and more right in the heart of Lagos, Nigeria.
…yesterday, May 8, 2025 the clinic launched yet another medical facility with state-of-the-art equipment. Present at the ceremony was the health minister, Mrs Aminat Ibrahim. She describes TruCare as one organization that has saved many families and brought honour to the nation. “As of 2015, 20% of married couples in Nigeria had infertility problems, but today the percentage is 8%. Based on the data we have, I can confidently tell you that TruCare solely contributed 30% to that success.
“Your expertise and new discovery have brought patients from Europe, America, even India to this country. It was largely because of your new discovery in IUI that I was the centre of attention at the last WHO conference. Thank you for the many families you have saved. Thank you for bringing honour to the name of our dear nation,” Mrs Ibrahim said in her remark.
The clinic was last year given the “Organization of the Year” award by both the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and THISDAY Awards. TruCare is yet another example of an organization “truly doing Nigeria proud.”
Friday, May 9, 2025
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