Pre-Marital Medical Screening Law Underway – Kano Hisbah
The Kano State Hisbah Board has hinted that the state will soon promulgate a law that will enforce pre-marital screening before wedlock for all residents.
The Director General of the board, Alhaji Abba Sufi, who spoke with City & Crime on the recent screening conducted on intended couples for a mass wedding, said that during the screening, pregnant women, HIV/AIDS positive and so many with liver problems were discovered.
According to him, those found with diseases like HIV were counselled while those with other ailments that could be treated were put on medication.
He said, “The discovery has proven to all the importance of the pre-marital screening, and this has made it important for us not to take it lightly, because had it not been for the screening only God knows the number of children that are going to be born as sickle cell patients, and so many diseases will also be transmitted among people.”
Sufi added that in Islam, it was haram (forbidden) for pregnant women to get married, adding that so far the board had completed the screening of 1,600 people from the 44 LGAs of the state.
Recall that the state government earmarked over N800m for the conduct of the planned mass wedding which is to be held in the middle of this month.