The Sokoto State Government says it will enact a law that will make it mandatory for all intending couples to undergo sickle cell counselling, screening and testing in the state.
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Balarabe Kakale, made this known on Sunday in Sokoto at a ceremony marking the 2017 World Sickle Awareness Day.
It was organised by the state Ministry of Health, in collaboration with an NGO, The Productive Youth Development Initiative.
The World Sickle Cell Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008 to increase the awareness about the sickle cell disease and its cure among the common public.
It was first celebrated on June 19, 2009.
Kakale said that the ministry would organise a seminar to be attended by medical experts, traditional and religious leaders, as well as other stakeholders on the issue.
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