Kano assembly passes pre-marital health screening bill

The Kano State House of Assembly has passed a bill that compels intending couples to undergo HIV, hepatitis and sickle cell anaemia screening before marriage.

The passage was sequel to deliberations in the house during plenary session, presided over by the Speaker Ismail Falgore on Monday, April 29.

After deliberations, the lawmakers approved the third reading of the bill, read by the deputy clerk, Nasiru Magaji.

Shortly after passage of the bill, the Majority Leader of the house, Lawan Hussein (NNPP-Dala), stated that “any person intending to marry shall first submit self for medical examinations.”

He said the bill was considered and passed after the third reading following various legislative processes.

The leader further said that the bill was passed because the state had been battling with different health issues, including
HIV because people go into marriages without medical screening.

He said that the bill, if signed into law, would save many lives and curb the spread of life-threatening diseases.

“The bill will safeguard the health of citizens by institutionalising pre-marital testing to check the spread of diseases like hepatitis, HIV and sickle cell anaemia,” he added.

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