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One in five couples suffer from infertility, new data shows - 7 months ago, 13 July 00:05

By: Angela Oketch

Two in every 10 couples suffer from infertility, data has shown.

Kenya is said to have made great strides in birth control programmes, but not the treatment of infertility, shows the data from Kenya Fertility Society.

Led by Prof Koigi Kamau, the society's chairman, and Dr Pauline Wanjiku, experts said an estimated 4.2 million Kenyans require interventions to conceive.

Speaking during an infertility awareness media training held by Merck Foundation at Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi, Dr Wanjiku, an embryologist, said there are only nine fertility centres in the country and only one is based in Mombasa with the rest in Nairobi and they don’t open daily.

COST TOO HIGH

“The cost of having to travel far to get treated is too high and the treatment is also not affordable for mwananchi,” she said.

Dr Wanjiku said Kenya also has an acute shortage of embryologists, with most of them practising in private hospitals.

“When we invest more ...
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