Punjab has become the first province to offer the test tube baby facility free of charge.
The news was announced by the Punjab Health Minister, Dr. Yasmin Rashid. She said that the province of Punjab would offer women free of charge in-vitro fertilization (IVF) or test tube baby facility at a public hospital in Lahore. The treatment will be provided to couples who are suffering from infertility issues.
The medical procedure will be after the inauguration ceremony, which is scheduled for June. The Prime Minister of Pakistan will be present at the inauguration ceremony. The procedure can be used to have children at Lahore’s Mother and Child Hospital.
IVF is a lengthy and expensive procedure. It usually mentally and financially drains couples as the results are not always positive. To ease couples from the burden of the fee for this procedure, the initiative will serve as a stepping stone in the country.
What is IVF Procedure?
The primary purpose of this procedure is to help with the conception of a child. Eggs are retrieved from a woman’s ovaries and then fertilized by sperm in a lab during the process. The fertilized embryo is then transferred back to the woman’s uterus.
The procedure is legal in Pakistan. In 2017, the Federal Shariat Court declared that the IVF treatment could be taken help of by a married couple with infertility issues. By offering the procedure at a government hospital, Pakistan joins the list of countries that provide subsidized IVF treatments to the public. The list includes Singapore, Hungary, and Denmark.
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