Uniport Raises Hope For Childless Couples …Delivers First IVF Baby

Childless couples can now have babies with less stress as the University of Port Harcourt has recorded a major breakthrough with the successful delivery of the first baby from In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) method.

Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Ndowa Lale disclosed this at the 32nd Convocation of the Institution in Port Harcourt.

Lale said “the commendable efforts of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University Teaching Hospital has raised the hopes of many childless couples in the region to also take advantage of the technology to have their own children.

According to Professor Lale, the University has also through the breakthrough put stakeholders on notice that more successfully assisted reproduction babies are awaiting delivery at the hospital.

He stressed the need to capitalize on modern technological innovation to solve societal problem, adding that for research endeavours to be meaningful and relevant, they must be tailored-made to solve practical problems of the larger society.

The university boss told the convocation that a collaboration between Dr. Lekpo David of the University College of Health sciences and a Nigerian, Professor Amadi Ihunwo of the university of Witwatersrand in south Africa working with Professor John Martin of City College, New York in designing and producing a Neutral Mechanism for motor skilled aid for spinal cord injured patients had brought international honour to the institution.

Professor Lale commended the National Economic Empowerment and Development strategy (NEEDS) for its intervention which assisted the institution in renovating 15 hotels, 9 lecture halls and classrooms. He equally expressed delight that the 32housing units initiated at the University Park has been fully completed while the lecture hall behind the Department of English Studies was also completed and put to use.

The Vice Chancellor stated that the circular lecture halls and offices opposite the senate building, have also been completed and commissioned, adding that the Department of Fine Arts and Design recently moved into a new and conducive facility.

Professor Lale commended the contributions of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike to the University and reiterated the expectations of the university that the Governor would fulfilled his promise to assist the university in the building of a new and befitting convocation arena.

He recommended for a renewed attention to the educational sector, stressing that Nigeria’s should greatly redirect its efforts to focus on human capital and technology development in order to move the nation forward in what he termed a globalize economy.

The PRO-Chancellor and chairman of the governing council of the university, Professor Mveudaga Jibo in his speech, commended the federal government for funding the university and the provision of high quality and accessible education in Nigeria.

He stressed that the university council placed high premium on staff and student welfare in the institution.

Also the Emir of Gwandu and Chancellor of the University, Gen. Mohammadu Ilayasu Bashar (Rtd) in his speech, made a passionate plea to the Choba community to refrain from further encroachment on the lands of the University.

He warned of land speculators who have besieged the university land to stop noting that such encroachment was capable of straining the relationship between the university and the host community.

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