Intentional Couples Are Positive for HIV, Hepatitis B, and Pregnancy Tests Before Attending the Kano Mass Wedding

The Kano State Hisbah Board has identified health issues among prospective spouses, including /AIDS and Hepatitis B, as well as individuals carrying an early pregnancy prior to the consummation of a state-sponsored mass wedding. These diseases were discovered before the mass wedding took place.

Lawan Fagge, a spokeswoman for the Hisbah Board, stated that the individuals were discovered to have one or more health difficulties at the stage of pre-marital test screening they were subjected to as part of the criteria for intending to participate in the state-sponsored wedding. The screening was part of the process that couples had to go through in order to be eligible for the state-sponsored wedding.

According to Fagge, the individuals have since been replaced in the ongoing exercise, but after that, they were made to undergo counseling and were provided with drugs.

According to what he says,

The information that we received from the Ministry of Health served as the basis for this analysis. There are around 40 people, both male and female, who are infected with Hepatitis B. First, there are people who are pregnant, then there are those who carry HIV, and finally, there are people who have sickle cell disease.

However, throughout the next few months, they will receive both counseling and medicine. They were not allowed to participate in the activity, and another participant took their place. They could be taken into consideration if they are successful in dealing with the counseling and medication.

“Out of the approximately 5,000 couples that we received applications from, we only required 1,800,” Fagge stated.

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Remember that the New Nigeria People's Party, NNPP-led government under Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has budgeted the sum of N854 million for the conduct of mass weddings for the over 1,800 couples in the state. These weddings would be held in the state.

Remember, too, that the administration led by Senator Rabi'u Musa Kwankwaso was the one that pioneered the practice of holding weddings in large groups in the state.


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