Sessions covered important issues associated with infertility treatment and IVF in India
On the occasion of World IVF Day, Bharat Serums and Vaccines (BSV) partnered with the Integrated Health and Wellbeing (IHW) Council for the 3rd edition of the India IVF Summit. The day-long virtual Summit had five sessions covering important issues associated with infertility treatment and IVF in India. Some of the significant themes discussed in the sessions included The ART Bill 2021, reasons for rising infertility in youngsters, the patient-centric approach to fertility treatments and the future revolutions driving IVF technology.
Speaking on the occasion Dr K Madan Gopal, Senior Consultant (Health) – NITI Aayog said, “Accessible and affordable health care is the priority of the government, which is committed towards patient-centric initiatives however to include infertility in public health we need more research and data.”
Dr Hrishikesh Pai; Medical Director-Bloom IVF & President-Elect- FOGSI, said, “In keeping with the vision of the Honourable Prime Minister, healthcare professionals should strive to pay back to the society and efforts should be initiated to bring IVF under Ayushman Bharat.”
Dr Nandita Palshetkar- President ISAR, Infertility Specialist & Medical Director; Lilavati Hospital Bloom IVF Centre-Mumbai, discussed the causes of infertility in rural and urban sections and also requested the policymakers to include fertility in non-communicable diseases.
The experts focussed on the importance of counselling to ensure the mental well-being of the couple seeking therapy and the need to lower the gap between perception and data in IVF and infertility treatment in India for a better policy framework and infrastructure.
Dr Ratna Devi – Chair of The Board of Directors; International Alliance of Patient Organizations said, “We must break the stigma and shame associated with infertility,” she also added that, “Patient Advocacy Groups can play a positive role in the mental health and wellbeing of couples seeking infertility treatment.”
Speaking on the occasion, Kamal Narayan, CEO, Integrated Health and Wellbeing (IHW) Council said that the intent behind the ART Bill 2021 is good, however, the existing gaps need to be addressed and implemented in a timely and organised manner.