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North East vies for place in medical tourism

india Updated: Nov 06, 2007 16:18 IST

Both Anuradha and Sharmila are sad that they will have to part with their "child" but these mothers are satisfied that "doctor papa" will ensure their well being.

Having earned the distinction of giving birth to as many as 700 test tube babies in the last 10 years, Dr Pramod Sharma, popularly known as "doctor papa", is now trying to popularise the concept "rent a womb," in the North East region.

"There is absolutely no problem in this process as we get women from far flung and remote areas as Barak valley who will be able to earn money by giving birth to a child through in-vitro fertilisation", Sharma says.

Currently heading the Pratiksha Hospitals in Guwahati, which specialises in IVF, Sharma is all set to bring joy to the lives of childless couples who are living even as far as Edinborough in UK.

Having a fellowship in reproductive biology and IVF from Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne in Australia, Sharma, says despite being offered a high profile job there his desire to better health facilities in the North East brought him back to the region.

Disclosing that demands for a child through surrogate mothers are pouring into from countries as Japan and Australia, Sharma says, "The North Eastern region has a very high percentage of infertility and hence the need for IVF which in present times is not as expensive as it used to be earlier", he says.

In his last 10 years of practice in the treatment of infertile couples, Sharma has done more than 2000 IVF cycles and 5000 laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgeries.