Over 8,000 prospective couples have joined the queue and are undergoing screening to participate in Kano state-sponsored mass wedding.
The Kano State Hisbah Board embarked on the screening of the divorcees, widows and spinsters. The Kano State Government had on December 12, 2018, set up a 23-member committee on the state-sponsored wedding of 3,000 widows, divorcees and spinsters in the state.
The board’s Public Relations Officer, Alhaji Adamu Yahaya on Saturday said that no fewer than 15 persons were found to be HIV positive while 23 women were also discovered to be pregnant.
“The screening was conducted to ascertain the health status of the couples before the marriage. The screening is mandatory as it will enable the board and each partner to know the health status of their partners before the marriage is conducted,” he said.
He said the prospective couples were from the 44 local government areas of the state. According to him, the state government under the leadership of the Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje was committed to the success of the programme as it would help check prostitution, especially among indigent unmarried young girls and widows.