IT was a celebration of fertility, conception and births Sunday April 14, 2013, at the Civic Centre, Lagos, when Nordica Fertility Centre, Lagos, marked its 10th anniversary as a frontline fertility treatment centre in Nigeria.
Hundreds of well-wishers, including the dozens of happy couples who have been enabled to give birth to their own babies, through the numerous assisted reproduction techniques, ART, graced the joyous event.
Notable among the gaily dressed guests was Master Julian Oluchukwu Onwudijo – the first baby conceived through a combined ART procedure of IVF/ICSI and delivered through Caesarean Section.
Julian was born September 14, 2004 to Emmanuel and Francesca Onwudijo. Also the cynosure of all eyes, were the Shofunlayo quintuplets, popularly called “Five Alive” – Eyitayo, Eyitope, Eyitomini, Eyimofe and Eyidayo, children of Wale and Olayemi Shofunlayo. Conceived at Nordica, the babies were born December 2011 at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH.
Going down memory lane, the Medical Director, Dr Abayomi Ajayi, recalled how in 2003, when the vision of setting up Nordica Fertility Centre, Lagos was conceived, the primary aim was to courageously combat the plague of infertility by providing true “comfort centres” where the pain of childless couples could be soothed both emotionally and medically.
Since it threw its doors open on the 14th of April, 2003 at Victoria Garden City, Lekki Lagos, Nordical Lagos has not looked back. Rapidly expanding, it moved to Ikoyi, Lagos in January 2008 and the Yaba Clinic was launched October 2003, while yet another clinic was opened in Asaba in November 2009. The newest Centre in Abuja was commissioned in November 2012.
“In 10 years of existence, God helping us, we have been able to assist in the conception of several hundreds of babies and we are still counting,” Ajayi noted.
In its lifetime, Nordica Lagos has set a number of firsts. With all modesty it remains the only fertility clinic currently using the Intracytoplasmic Morphologically selected sperm Injection, IMSI, in addressing male related infertility issues and is also one of the few clinics in Nigeria to do Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis
The Centre has kept faith providing requisite all year round training through its Intra-Uterine-Insemination, IUI, as well as Endoscopy and Ultrasound Scan programme for gynaecologists, general practitioners, nurses and other medical workers in Nigeria and in the West African sub-region.
As its corporate social responsibility, Nordica, in conjunction with the Fertility Treatment Support Foundation, FTSF, it has provided free fertility treatment to 25 couples with diverse infertility challenges.
As part of the 10th anniversary, three couples from different geo-political zones of the country are to have free, full cycle IVF treatments.