Why Katsina is re­view­ing all health re­lated laws

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - From Habibu Umar Aminu, Katsina

Katsina State House of Assem­bly will soon re­view all health re­lated laws in the state in­order to make them more ef­fec­tive, re­al­is­tic and af­ford­able, the Deputy Speaker Shehu Tafoki has said.

The laws in­clude, HIV/AIDS Stigma and Dis­crim­i­na­tion Pro­hi­bi­tion law, Pri­mary Health­care Agency Law, Hos­pi­tal Fees Law, Es­sen­tial Drugs and Med­i­cal Sup­plies law and Mos­quito De­struc­tion Amend­ment Law.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the law be­came nec­es­sary in view of the state's po­si­tion as one with the high­est preva­lence of sickle cell dis­eases in the coun­try. He added that the assem­bly was also work­ing on a bill to make com­pre­hen­sive blood screen­ing com­pul­sory be­fore mar­riage to pre­vent cou­ples from get­ting in­fected with deadly dis­eases such as hep­ati­tis and HIV/AIDS.

Speak­ing dur­ing a free geno­type screen­ing ex­er­cise or­gan­ised by the State Min­istry of Health at Gov­ern­ment Girls Sec­ondary School Dau­dawa, Katsina State, Tafoki said al­ready the house has passed a law that com­pelled prospec­tive cou­ples to go for geno­type test be­fore mar­riage, to pre­vent sickle cell chil­dren.

The State Com­mis­sioner of Health, Ha­jiya Mariy­atu Bala Us­man ex­plained that eighty per­cent of sickle cell pa­tients in the state were be­tween the ages of zero and ten, due to the high records of mor­tal­ity from the dis­ease be­fore mar­riage.

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