Sokoto State Government has made a new law mandating potential suitors to add insecticide-treated mosquito nets to the brideprice they pay before getting married.
This law is being implemented as a means of curbing malaria and spread of other diseases
The new law also proposes that couples will have to undergo testing for sickle cell gene, and enrol for a state community contributory health scheme to reduce the cost of medical treatment.
DailyTrust reports that Sokoto health commissioner Balarabe Kakale said the law makes it compulsory for couples to undergo testing for HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B, to reduce the spread of preventable diseases in the state.
The state health ministry is to sponsor a private bill before Sokoto legislature until a seminar agrees on the position of the law, Islam, and culture on premarital testing.