By Ugochukwu Alaribe
ABA— An expert in Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection, ICSI, Dr. Richard Okoye, has said that recent findings through in-vitro fertilization have proven that low sperm count contributes over 50 percent to infertility problems among barren couples in Nigeria.
Okoye stated that the problem of low sperm count was not often detected on time as the cause of infertility because the African culture holds women responsible for infertility problems in most marriages.
He pointed out that such assumption could be horrifying since a man, who is not aware of the problem of low sperm count, could ignorantly be waiting for the arrival of his wife’s menopause.
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Briefing journalists in Aba, Okoye who is the President of an NGO, Doctors Save A Life Foundation, stated that since 2003, his foundation had been carrying out health enlightenment campaigns to correct the miseries associated with the way people manage their lives across Africa, as well as raise the level of peoples’ awareness about health technology.
He explained that although ICSI process cost about N2 million, the Foundation will sponsor 20 poor couples at the end of a planned three day health enlightenment campaign in Aba.
According to him, “Studies have proved that the challenges and miseries associated with the way people manage their health is not far from ignorance and lack health education. We have discovered that health education is completely lacking in Africa, which has resulted on the huge gap between the doctors and their patients’ relationship and communication.
“In 2003, there came up a horrifying statistics which stated that two third of couples in Africa will end up been childless by the year 2020, it was actually argued within that period particularly those in sub-Sahara Africa, but as events unfolds, it became obvious that the worst could even happen because if you go to the churches right now and ask of those looking for the fruits of the womb, you will see that more than two third of the church could come out to the alter crying for a child.
“But after understudying the problem of infertility in high level of Assisted Reproductive Technology, hope came that we are no longer in the era where you say there is no nothing one can do after menopause. Today we have a 61 year old woman who is actually carrying three babies; another 51 year old woman had delivered and all that, so the issue of stating that menopause is the end of child birth is no longer the case right now through the ISCI technology.”