Vice-Minister for Health signs Oyala Fertility Centre project

The delegation from the Ministry for Health and Social Welfare, led by the vice-Minister for health and Social Welfare, Mitoha OndoO Ayecaba, is visiting Spain to check on progress of the Oyala Fertility centre project, which is being developed by Grupo Arpa Medica in Equatorial Guinea, led by the prestigious gynaecologist specialising in assisted reproduction, Doctor Ignacio Palomo A�lvarez.

The delegation, led by Mitoha OndoO Ayekaba, accompanied by Doctor Florentino Ondo and Doctor Oumar Balde, visited Spain to check on the progress of the Oyala Fertility Centre health project, being developed by Arpa Medica, in conjunction with the Ministry for Health.

On 27th February, the delegation was able to see first hand the progress made on the project. They visited benchmark hospital installations in which Grupo Arpa Medica carry out their activities, and gynaecology and assisted reproduction centres belonging to the same health group. In addition, the delegation was able to look at the action plan with those involved in the project, represented and led by Doctor Palomo.

Among the figures present during the visit were the ex Minister for Culture and Tourism, Guillermina Mekuy Mba Obono; Carlos Escudero de Buron, president of the Royal Forum of Senior Management; Jose Manuel Martinez, honorary president of Mapfre; various representatives from the project medical team(Dr. in Nutrition and Pharmaceuticals, Irene Santa Cruz; Dr. Emilio Villa, specialist in Paediatrics; Dr. Jose Ignacio Peralba, medical intern, and the embryologist, Diana Utrera). Also present were the director of communications for the project, David Garcia NA�Aez, the architect Pablo Gil, responsible for fitting out the hospital centres, and various advisers from health equipment and material suppliers, and those responsible for the correct implementation and growth of the centre.

Finally they signed the statutes for the constitution of the reproduction centre, which is pioneering in Equatorial Guinea and a large part of the African continent. This will be the first university centre for gynaecology and assisted reproduction in Equatorial Guinea. The hospital centre is located in the city of Djibloho, and within its installations reproductive medicine will take place based on innovative state-of-the-art scientific research, with high quality assistance. It will be a private medical centre that will provide a response to the needs of Equatoguinean society in particular, and to those of Africa in general.

Djibloho borders other countries in Central Africa such as Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo and Central African Republic, reaching a population of over 350 million inhabitants. Without doubt, this commitment by the Government of Equatorial Guinea, through a mixed company, will lead to a reduction in the rates of infertility among Guineans and the African population in general, and an increase in health care quality.

The new health centre will encompass privacy, comfort and safety on a top level centre, while providing assistance to all families seeking safety and trust at a more affordable cost than is normally paid for these treatments.

The management model implemented between the Government and Arpa Medica is based on quality of patient care, from its own laboratories and surgeons. Arpa Medica is an internationally recognised health group, led by the renowned Doctor Ignacio Palomo. It currently has two top level health centres of its own and works with various hospitals in Spain, thus forming a leading, pioneering group in its sector. The group develops the most suitable reproductive solution for each woman, and through its reproduction techniques resolves the concerns of fathers and mothers who wish to form or extend their family.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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