Statesman news service
Kolkata, 25 October
A private infertility clinic in the city has proposed to the state government to bring infertility treatment under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model to make it affordable for the poor.  
The Bengal Infertility and Reproductive Therapy Hospital (BIRTH) today put forward the proposal to Minister of State for health Chandrima Bhattacharya on the sidelines of an event in the city. 
“We have sought a portion of unused areas in hospitals on the outskirts of the city to start Assisted Reproductive Therapy and Advanced Infertility Management (ART-AIM),” said Dr Gautam Khastgir, medical director of BIRTH.
“The government can help us with the infrastructure, while we will arrange for the doctors,” he said.
He said the infertility clinics if operated under
PPP model will bring down the treatment cost by one-third of the amount that is being charged by private clinics.
“Awareness about IVF has certainly gone up with around 200 cases being received every month as compared to 50 a few years ago,” said Dr Khastgir.
The treatment cost can run into several lakhs but the state government&’s support will minimise the charges and will be of immense benefit for people with low income, he added. 
The minister assured to look into the matter. “ We will look into the proposal and get back to the interested parties,” she said.