Kano govt proposes a bill on compulsory HIV testing

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The Kano State Government said on Friday that it had been working to propose a bill on compulsory HIV/AIDS testing for all new couples in the state.

The Commissioner for Health, Kabiru Getso, disclosed this at a news conference to commemorate the World HIV/AIDS day in Kano.

He said the Ganduje administration had taken health as a priority and was working tirelessly to ensure quality healthcare delivery services in the state.

Mr. Getso explained that the state government, in collaboration with the state Hisbah Board, had proposed the bill, which was awaiting passage at the state house of assembly.

According to him, “The state government had demonstrated concern about the care and control of HIV/AIDS by giving the scourge all the necessary attention it required’’.

He stressed that the state government established the State Agency for the Control of AIDS (SACA), in order to record the progress and achievements so far witnessed in the control of AIDS in the state.

“The state has, however, approved the sum of over N443 million to carry out many interventions and outreach services, as well as to create awareness across the state,’’ Mr. Getso said.

The Commissioner said the government would continue to support people living with HIV/AIDS and would continue to create awareness on the prevention of the disease.

The World Health Organisation has declared every December 1 to be World HIV/AIDS Day, to give succour to people living with HIV/AIDS in the state. (NAN)


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  • Bassey Frank

    This is necessary if it can be achieved. The rate of prostitution in that state is alarming. They claim to be of superior moral upbringing, always accusing the South of promiscuity. But my observation shows the people are miserably lose and unpardonably immoral.

  • dami

    Discriminatory law if allowed…and against constitutional privacy provisions.
    Statements and proposals like this contribute to the stigma that HIV / AIDS has in society.

  • Eluba Inas

    This is absolutely wrong. People shall be educated and encouraged to get the test, but mandatory one is going a step too far. Are they going to be fully responsible for the medical cost of those found to be positive?

  • Otile

    This is the only sensible bill mutanen jihar Kano ever passed since we lost Gen Abacha. Not only will everybody take the test, huge quarantine should be erected to house anybody who tests positive. These people must no longer be allowed to migrate into the South to infect innocent people with all kinds of deadly venereal diseases, one Nigeria is becoming too costly for Southerners and Christians in particular.

    • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

      These people must no longer be allowed to migrate into the South to infect innocent people with all kinds of deadly venereal diseases, one Nigeria is becoming too costly for Southerners and Christians in particular.
      ——
      No no no, this your comment no add up at all. Is it in the south that people don’t have venereal diseases. Nigeria as a whole is competing with Sodom and Gomorrah.

  • Tare Daniel

    Dead on arrival. Its will be in conflict with constitutionally guaranteed right to freedom. The Kano state govt should focus on sensitization and prevention.