By Muhd D. Haidar
Ahead of the proposed mass wedding initiated by the present NNPP led Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf, no fewer than 40 couples blacklisted from the exercise having tested positive to Hepatitis B, while several other tested HIV carriers, sickle cell and pregnant.
The spokesperson of Hisbah Board, Lawan Fagge said the persons were found with one or the other health issues at the point of pre-marital test screening they were subjected to as part of criteria for intending couples to partake in the state sponsored wedding.
Fagge explained that the affected couples have since been replaced in the ongoing exercise but then subjected to counseling and given medications, “this is based on the interim report we got from the Ministry of Health.
“There are about 40 male and female with Hepatitis B. There are those with sickle cell, then there are those who are pregnant and those with HIV carriers. But they will be counseled and given medication for the next months, they have been rejected from the exercise and there was replacement.
“They might be considered if they cope with the counseling and medication, we have successfully screened about 5,000 out of which we only needed 1,800 couples,” Fagge stressed.
Hotpen reports that the New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP led government under Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has earmarked the sum of N854 million for the conduct of mass wedding for the over 1,800 couples in the state.