A consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia Abia State, Dr Nnabuike Okechukwu Ojiegbe, has been inducted as one of the first subspecialists in the subspecialty of Infertility and Assisted Reproduction in the Faculty of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the West Africa College of Surgeons.

Dr Nnabuike Okechukwu Ojiegbe
Dr Nnabuike Okechukwu Ojiegbe

Dr Nnabuike Okechukwu Ojiegbe

Dr. Ojiegbe who is the coordinator of the IVF programme of FMC Umuahia was inducted at the recently concluded 63rd Annual Conference of the West Africa College of Surgeons held in Lome, Togo.

ABN TV reports that the event was the culmination of the year-long hands-on training of post-fellowship specialist gynaecologists in the subspecialty of infertility and assisted reproduction, hosted by the only accredited institution in West Africa, the Nisa Premier Hospital, Abuja, under the auspices of the West Africa College of Surgeons(WACS).

Dr Nnabuike Ojiegbe, first from the left with other diplomates. Third and forth from left are Assoc. Prof Ibrahim Wada and Emeritus Prof. Osato F. Giwa-Osagie respectively, frontline pioneers of the practice of IVF in Nigeria and training of subspecialists in Infertility and Assisted Reproduction.
Dr Nnabuike Ojiegbe, first from the left with other diplomates. Third and forth from left are Assoc. Prof Ibrahim Wada and Emeritus Prof. Osato F. Giwa-Osagie respectively, frontline pioneers of the practice of IVF in Nigeria and training of subspecialists in Infertility and Assisted Reproduction.

This is another milestone by the management of Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, ably led by the Medical Director, Prof. Azubuike Onyebuchi, in positioning the facility for modern subspecialty service delivery across medical specialities by sponsoring deserving professionals to capacity and competence-building training.

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FMC Umuahia reconstituted the fertility team of the IVF centre in 2016 with Dr Nnabuike Ojiegbe as the coordinator, and since then many fertility-challenged couples have been assisted by the unit to have children.

The maiden diplomate in Infertility and Assisted Reproduction of the WA college, Dr Nnabuike Ojiegbe, hails from Amaedukwu Nkpa, in Bende LGA of Abia state.

He trained and qualified as the first obstetrician and gynaecologist from the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia residency training programme and was subsequently appointed the first consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist wholly trained in the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in FMC Umuahia.

Prof. Azubuike Onyebuchi
Prof. Azubuike Onyebuchi, Medical Director FMC Umuahia, Abia State

ABN TV also gathered that the completed state-of-the-art IVF centre, constructed by Prof. Azubuike Onyebuchi-led management, is the first of its kind in a Federal Medical Centre in South East Nigeria.

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