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Reps advise couples to take genotype test

by Credible News

The House of Representative has charged government registries, churches, mosques and family members to encourage intending couples to go through taking genotype test before wedlock.

The House resolved after deliberating on the motion titled ‘Call on the Federal Ministry of Health to develop an efficient system for management of sickle cell disease in Nigeria’.

Lawmakers urged the Federal Ministry of Education to include sickle cell education in all primary and secondary school syllabus while directing the House committees on Health Care Services, Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values and Basic Education and Services to ensure the implementation of the resolution.

Honourable Umar Sarki, representing Katagum Federal Constituency said: “Data from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that Nigeria has the largest population of people with sickle cell disease in the world, with about 3.6 million patients and 150,000 babies out of the estimated 300,000 babies born into the world with the disease every year”.

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