The Kaduna State House of Assembly yesterday passed into law a bill for a law to provide for pre-marital medical examination in the state.
The law cited as the Kaduna State Pre-marital (Medical Examination) Enforcement Law, 2017 stated that any person intending to marry shall first submit self for medical examination.
The law provides that any person who contravenes any provisions of the law commits an offence and shall on conviction be liable to a fine of not less than N100,000 or imprisonment of not less than six months or both. It also provides that any health facility, health worker or any other person who issues a false result or assists in the issuance of same commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine of N200,000 or imprisonment of not less than one year or both.
The bill requires that the medical examination, including examination for HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and genotype test, shall be conducted twice: three months before the marriage and two weeks to the marriage.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after passage of the law, the Chairman House Committee on Information, Nuhu Goro Shadalafiya called on the executive arm of government to embark on a massive enlightenment and awareness creation on the law.
By: Christiana T. Alabi, Kaduna
Daily Trust News
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