Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Anbumani Ramadoss on Thursday dedicated to the country the first in-vitro fertilisation facility in the public sector set up at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here.

“This is another milestone for the Institute and is aimed at benefiting the poor sections of society. We will support all such ventures, especially in the field of stem cell research. My aim is to see AIIMS as a hub of world-class research,” said Dr. Ramadoss.

Guidelines

The Minister said his department was working at making the guidelines presented by the Indian Council of Medical Research on assisted reproductive technology into an Act to check the unregulated and unethical practices widespread in the field of assisted reproduction.

Dr. Ramadoss said that India should work at controlling its high infant and maternal mortality rate, check the decline in sex ratio and curb malnourishment.

“These are the afflictions of the Indian health system and we need to work towards controlling them,” said Dr. Ramadoss.

The latest IVF facility at AIIMS will be manned by a team of highly-trained doctors and staff under the leadership of Suneeta Mittal, Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.