Singapore launches fertility treatment training centre

Singapore has launched the first fertility treatment training centre in the Asia-Pacific region.

The facility at the National University Hospital (NUH) in the country will provide aspiring embryologists and clinicians with a range of courses in treatments to help people suffering from infertility problems.

Professor PC Wong, director of the Centre for Reproductive Education and Specialist Training (Crest), said: "In a busy in-vitro fertilisation laboratory, we cannot spend too much time with the trainees, so we teach the trainees at the end of the day or as we're doing our work," reports Singapore Today Online.

"By setting up Crest, we now have a separate team of teachers to teach these trainees," he added.

The centre aims to boost the training of those hoping to develop skills in Assisted Reproductive Technique, which will bring improved treatment to childless couples in Singapore.

NUH reportedly believes infertility will become the third most serious disease globally in the coming years, after cancer and cardiovascular disease.

According to the UK's NHS, around one in six or seven couples have problems conceiving a child, despite having regular sex.

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