GUWAHATI: Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) achieved a significant breakthrough by successfully attaining its first pregnancy through In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) on August 16.
According to reports on Wednesday, after 14 days since the embryo transfer, the eagerly anticipated news was officially confirmed – the patient’s pregnancy test yielded a positive result. With this, the dedicated medical team at GMCH has marked a momentous milestone in the realm of reproductive health in the state.
Expressing delight at the achievement, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, taking to a popular micro-blogging platform, wrote, “It has long been my aspiration that Assam’s government hospitals provide top-notch IVF facilities. I am thrilled to announce that Gauhati Medical College & Hospital has successfully achieved its first pregnancy through IVF. My heartiest wishes to the blessed couple and Team GMCH (sic).”
In February 2017, Sarma, who was then the Health Minister in the Sarbananda Sonowal-led cabinet, had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to setup the IVF facility in GMCH.
“We will avail both technical and medical expertise of the private sector to provide the best IVF facilities to childless couples who cannot go out for treatment because of the huge costs,” Sarma had said to a local newspaper in 2017.
The IVF facility, which was initially established in the public sector at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in 2008, demands a highly specialised environment and a substantial level of expertise to operate effectively.