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The Trustcare Specialist Hospital and Fertility Centre in Kumasi has delivered its first set of quadruplets through in-vitro fertilisation (IVF).
It is the first time quadruplets have been delivered outside Accra and Tema.
The centre, established in 2011 and, the first assisted reproductive technology centre outside Accra-Tema, has been delivering multiple pregnancies but this is the first time it has delivered quadruplets.
On July 12, 2013, it successfully delivered its first set of twins.
Four consultant gynaecologists
It took the four consultant gynaecologists at the centre 28 minutes to deliver the three boys and the girl whose weight ranged between 1.8 and 2.0 kilogrammes.
The mother, a 42-year-old, had never conceived after 14 years of marriage and it was her very first attempt at IVF.
The IVF is a specialised process in medicine that is used to help couples who, for various reasons, cannot get pregnant naturally.
In Ghana, the service was first introduced in a private specialist hospital in Tema in 1990.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic at the centre in Kumasi, a clinical embryologist who also doubles as the spokesperson for the IVF Unit of the Trustcare Hospital, Mr Isaac Kofi Adu, said the babies and their mother were doing well.
He said to make IVF treatment affordable, the centre was collaborating with the Association of Childless Couples of Ghana (ACCOG) and the Walking Egg organisation in Belgium to bring low technology but effective IVF service to Ghana.