Gabriel Idibia, Kaduna
Kano State Hisbah Board said it had commenced medical screening of 1,000 prospective couples for the next mass wedding programme of the state government.
It said 5,000 benefited from the mass wedding under former Rabiu Kwankwaso’s administration.
The Director General of the board, Dr Abba Sufi, told journalists in Kano that the screening which started last week was aimed at ensuring the health status of the couples before the marriage.
“The medical screening which started about eight days ago is intended to ascertain the health status of each and every one of them.
“The screening is mandatory as it will enable the board and each partner to know the health status their partners before the marriage is conducted, “he said.
Sufi said the medical screening was in preparation for the conduct of the programme scheduled to take place after the Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
“The state government has planned to conduct the programme after Sallah, hence the decision to start the screening of the couples in time, “Sufi said.
He said the state government was committed to the success of the programme as it would check prostitution especially among indigent unmarried women and widows.