Kano government removes 40 intending couples from mass wedding after testing positive for HIV, hepatitis and pregnancy

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The Kano State government has screened out intending couples for the mass wedding scheduled to be held soon who tested positive for Hepatitis B, HIV, sickle cell, and pregnancy.

The spokesperson of Hisbah Board, Lawan Fagge made this known in a statement issued on Friday, October 6, 2023.

According to him, the people invlovled were found with one health issue or the other at the point of pre-marital test screening they were subjected to as part of the conditions for taking part in the state-sponsored wedding.

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Fagge said the affected spouses have since been replaced in the ongoing exercise and subjected to counselling and medications.

He said; “Based on the interim report we got from the Ministry of Health, about 40 males and females tested positive for Hepatitis B. There are those with sickle cell those who are pregnant and those with HIV.

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“But they will be counselled and placed on medication for the next few months. They have been rejected from the exercise and made replacements. They might be considered after their medication.

“We screened about 5,000 out of which we only needed 1,800 couples,” Fagge said.

Mass wedding of intending Muslim couples has been a social policy of past and present government in the state which targets eligible but financial incapable citizens.

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