The Ministry of Public Health on Friday closed a fertility clinic in the Ploenchit area of Bangkok for illegally providing surrogacy services, including those for some of the babies found in a Bangkok condominium this week.
Dr Boonruang Trairuangworawat, director-general of the Department of Health Service Support, announced the closure after inspecting All IVF clinic at the Sivatel Bangkok hotel on Witthayu Road near the Ploenchit intersection on Friday. The clinic occupied rooms on the 12th and the 15th floors of the hotel.
Dr Boonruang said that the clinic closure was ordered because it provided commercial surrogacy services to women who were not related to biological parents and had not been registered with the Royal Thai College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He also said that authorities warned the management of the clinic to comply with the regulations, but to no avail. Dr Boonruang said that the clinic had provided more than 100 people with reproductive services in the past three years. Authorities would try to reach doctors involved.
In their inspection Friday, authorities found the clinic deserted with signs that equipment had been removed. Local police what documents and evidence had been left behind. It was reported that the clinic’s surrogacy services were provided to some of the nine babies found at a condominium in Bang Kapi district Tuesday.
Dr Boonruang also said that authorities would verify the report that Japanese Shigeta Mitsutoki, claimed to be the biological father of the nine babies, had left Thailand with three children. The 24-year-old man had visited Thailand 65 times since 2012 but had not given information on his business.