People with fertility problems will be able to receive free test-tube babies, also known as in-vitro fertilization (IVF), at a public facility, according to the Punjab government.
According to Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid, the service will be provided at Lahore’s Mother & Child Hospital, which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Imran Khan in June this year.
Although IVF treatment is already available at a number of private facilities throughout Pakistan, this is the first time the government has made it free to the general public.
According to Yasmin Rashid, the medical facility will treat women who are having difficulty getting pregnant due to physiological or reproductive issues. The baby develops as an embryo in a controlled glass jar before being implanted into the mother’s womb during the IVF procedure.
In 2017, the Federal Shariat Court ruled that IVF procedures for married couples trying to conceive children are legal.
According to the 2020 World Population Data Sheet, Pakistan has a yearly fertility rate of 3.6 children per couple.
The fastest-growing populations in the region are in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and South Asia is already one of the world’s fastest-growing regions. If current trends continue, Pakistan’s population will double in 20 years.