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“From the beginning of the year, we (AARC) will take place by year end. one of the things that hinders couples who
have had at least 12 couples come into our are unable to conceive. “You find that some
IVF costs range from US$10 - $50,000,
office from Antigua alone.” Other patients patients don’t want to say that they are going
depending on the doctor chosen. However,
have come from the British Virgin Islands, to an infertility centre, and you find they are
association with the Barbados Fertility
Auguilla, and Nevis. “Barbados had to make really quiet about it,” he notes. He says this
Clinic, which is internationally accredited
sure that our standard of care was equivalent could be reduced through education of the
and recognised, will help Dr Mansoor’s
to theirs… and once we were both at the populace, not only on infertility, but general
patients save around US$6,000. He adds
same high standard of care, we started,” he health issues.
that in some countries, infertility treatment
explains.
is covered by medical insurance. Dr Mansoor believes Antigua could be
An unfortunate event caused a delay in offering the full fertility service within a
Since there is minimal risk to the patient,
the official opening of the centre, which few years, as countries like Barbados and
the only sad news comes through a negative
had been planned for January 17. The Jamaica started by offering part services to
pregnancy test. “That’s what most couples
office was fire bombed that day. “We are their patients, and then transferring them to
fear,” he admits.
now using the temporary office while the clinics in the United States. He says Antigua
renovation is completed on the building “If you look at the numbers that the could get to a level where they pool several
that was damaged,” Dr Mansoor says. Barbados Fertility Centre are doing, it patients together, and then acquire the
“Four expensive pieces of equipment were beats the national US average by several services of a specialist.
damaged, and all have to be re-purchased percentage points...” he adds. “So it’s good
“I think maybe three or four years down
prior to the opening.” that I am affiliated with them, because they
the line, we can pool 15 or 20 couples
are the only IVF centre in the English-
Although the occurrence was and have doctors come over and complete
speaking Caribbean to be JCI accredited.”
disheartening, he was not totally discouraged the IVF process here,” says Dr Mansoor,
The JCI is the Joint Commission
and says, “We suffered a little bit… but you who adds that with the large and diverse
International, which is a body that accredits
get up and dust yourself off and go again.” population, the demand for fertility
all non-US based facilities to ensure they
He’s keeping his fingers crossed that the assistance will increase.
meet an acceptable level of service.
official opening of what will be known as
the Antigua Assisted Reproductive Centre The local health practitioner says stigma is Collin B Jno-Finn
“If 100 couples have
in vitro, with all the
technology available,
only one couple may
not be successful.”
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