Fertility department’s response and experience to the global coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Dania H. Al Jaroudi, Mona Al Dossary


WHO has asked countries to activate and scale up their emergency response mechanisms, communicate with the people to inform them about the risks and how they can protect themselves. They have encouraged find, isolate, test and treat every case and trace every contact, protect and train their health workers. Therefore, in alliance with the global response to limit the spread of the transmission of COVID-19 and in the pact of KFMC’s mission, which is its dedication to provide highly specialized, evidence-based and safe health care, enhanced by education, training and research, our fertility department had taken all the measures to keep the hospital patients and staff safe from acquiring the COVID-19 by closing down its assisted reproductive services. This article will highlight the strategy taken to comply with WHO’s call and highlight a fertility department’s actions taken to handle patients coming for assisted reproductive treatment. This hopefully will stipulate ideas for future research and policy making.


Assisted reproductive treatment, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Infertility, Intracytoplasmic sperm injection, In-vitro fertilization

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