The Kaduna State House of Assembly passed the Pre-medical Examination Bill into law on Thursday.

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The bll states that: “No person shall formalise any marriage contract for any person wishing to marry without medical certificate issued by a qualified medical doctor in respect of both parties,”.

The law now compel would-be couple to undergo medical test to determine their health status and compatibility before marriage.

The new law imposes a fine of “not less than N100,000 or imprisonment of not less than six months or both.”

The Deputy Speaker, Mr John Kwaturu, who presided over the assembly’s sitting said the law was necessary to protect couples from avoidable diseases.

He said that the law now makes it compulsory for couples to undergo medical examination twice before marriage.

The law also provides that any person who contravene any of its provisions commits an offence.

He said it was an offence under the law for any health worker or any person to issues false medical result or assist in the issuance of same.

The deputy speaker added that such persons “shall be liable on conviction to a fine of Two Hundred Thousand (N200.000.00) or imprisonment of not less than one year or both.”