CHR - The New Jewel in IMS and SUM Hospital Crown

By IBCS   |   Thursday, 07 February, 2013

Bhubaneswar, Feb. 3 : The Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital (IMS&SH), a popular health care destination run by the SOA University, today launched the Center for Human Reproduction (CHR) designed to specifically deal with infertility issues.

    The hospital had been operating an Infertility unit to deal with childless couples since 2007, but the new state-of-the-art facility will address all the issues of childlessness under one roof.

    “Infertility, in a broad sense, is defined as childlessness in a population of women of reproductive age. But when we evaluate the cause, both male and female factors equally contribute to the state of infertility”, says Dr. Babita Panda, Associate Professor and chief consultant of CHR.

    Dr. Panda, who was formerly consultant in Reproductive Medicine Unit  at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, said “there is distressing rise in incidence of infertility among the general population. Environmental factors, work stress, lack of time for each other and lifestyle factors contribute greatly to the issue of childlessness.”

    Bhakti Gaurav Narayan Swamijee of ISKCON inaugurated the new facility in the presence of Prof. (Dr.) Korula George, Head of Reproductive Medicine, Baptist Hospital, Bangalore, Prof. (Dr.) P.C.Mohapatra, eminent gynaecologist, Prof. (Dr.) R.P.Mohanty, Vice-Chancellor, SOA University, Prof. (Dr.) D.K.Ray, Dean, IMS and SH, and Prof. (Dr.) P.K.Mohanty, Medical Superintendent, Sum Hospital.

    The new center will focus on counseling before any treatment starts, she said adding “the CHR has the most comprehensive, systematic and protocol based treatment facilities for infertile couples, comparable to the best IVF centers in the country.”

    Besides, IMS and SH being a teaching hospital, the CHR enjoys the support of the departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology , Urology, Endocrinology, Tubal reconstructive surgery and Anaesthesiology. Hence, from a patient’s perspective, all the services (from diagnosis to treatment and conception to delivery) becomes accessible, affordable under a single roof .

    Consultation, counseling and awareness about lifestyle factors  interfering in the fertility potential will constitute the fulcrum of the new center while dealing with the issue of infertility, Dr. Panda said.

    The preliminary evaluation will comprise screening of couples for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV, semen analysis, assessment of ovarian reserve (information about the chance for pregnancy, likelihood of response to medication), hormonal evaluation, evaluation of the uterus and fallopian tubes by Hystero-laparoscopy and  pharmacological stimulation of the ovaries under close monitoring by Transvaginal sonography.

    The various methods and different techniques will incorporate Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI), In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) and  Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). ICSI is designed to treat severe male factor infertility and/or failure of fertilization of previous IVF cycles.

    The centre will have global standards of sterilization and air quality management for Embryology Laboratory, Andrology Laboratory and Ovum Pickup Theater to ensure optimum environment for ovum and sperm handling, Dr. Panda said.

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