The Wife of the Katsina State Governor, Hajiya Zulaihat Radda, has advocated mandatory Genotype and HIV/AIDS tests for intending couples in the state.
Radda made the advocacy during the launch of the distribution of free sickle cell and anti-malarial drugs in Katsina on Monday. According to her, the tests are very important to control the high risk of having innocent children with Sickle Cell Disease.
She said that the HIV/AIDS test could also assist in preventing the mistake of getting married to a carrier partner.
The law stipulates that every party to a marriage shall undergo a test in a government hospital to determine his or her genotype and HIV/AIDS status.