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State Government Makes Fertility, Genotype, HIV/AIDS Tests Mandatory For Intending Couples

Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger state on Wednesday February 24, signed into law, the bill against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and the bill for Premarital Medical Examination into law.

The new bills which were signed into law makes fertility, genotype, HIV/AIDS tests compulsory before marriage and were sponsored by Niger state house of assembly members Binta Mamman and Malam Shuaibu Liman.

Governor Bello said the GBV law gives relevant agencies the legal backing to tackle the menace of violence, mostly suffered by women.

The Governor, according to News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, added that the premarital examination law mandates couples intending to get married to go for tests.

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“This is to ensure that necessary medical examinations such as genotype, HIV/AIDS and fertility tests are conducted on couples before marriage to avoid crisis after,”

he said.

Bello commended the legislature for initiating the bills and ensuring the passage.

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