Prospective couples urged to take premarital tests

May 7  – The Ministry of Health (MOH) has appealed to all prospective couples to go to the nearest health centre and undergo a premarital screening to prevent any hereditary diseases.

A statement from the ministry said that such measures will help reduce the possibility of transmission of hereditary diseases such as sickle cell, anemia and thalassemia. It will also help protect children from carrying these hereditary diseases.

The procedures require the couple or each individual to go on their own to conduct the examination at the nearest primary health centre.

Based on the results, a premarital counselling by the specialists will be given to the couple following which they can decide whether to go ahead with the marriage or not.