Jigawa State’s First Lady, Hajia Hadiza Umar Namadi, has underscored the importance of genotype screening for prospective couples during her recent visits to healthcare facilities in the state.
Her visits to Rasheed Shekoni Teaching Hospital and Jahun General Hospital in Dutse and Jahun LGAs of Jigawa State aimed to raise awareness about sickle cell disease and Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF) infection, which contribute to maternal and child mortality rates.
Mrs. Namadi emphasized the necessity of preventive measures against these conditions and strongly advised young couples to prioritize genotype testing before making marriage arrangements. She also urged parents to refrain from marrying off their daughters at an early age.
Governor Mallam Umar Namadi’s administration has been proactive in addressing these health challenges, introducing initiatives such as free girl-child education and free VVF surgery in the state. As a demonstration of her commitment to the well-being of the people, Mrs. Namadi generously donated food items and essential materials to the patients during her visit.
Genotype screening for couples serves the important purpose of identifying potential genetic compatibility issues that could lead to the birth of children with inherited disorders, such as sickle cell disease. It helps individuals determine if they carry the same recessive gene mutations, which, if both partners do, could result in a higher risk of their children inheriting the condition. Screening allows couples to make informed decisions about their family planning and consider preventative measures.
Prioritizing genotype testing before marriage in Jigawa State, as emphasized by Hajia Hadiza Umar Namadi, is crucial to prevent the transmission of genetic disorders, including sickle cell disease, to future generations. Jigawa, like many other regions, has a high prevalence of these conditions, which contribute to maternal and child mortality rates. By conducting genotype tests, couples can assess their genetic compatibility and, if necessary, take precautions to ensure the health of their offspring.
Governor Mallam Umar Namadi's administration in Jigawa State has introduced several initiatives to address health challenges, including sickle cell disease and Vesicovaginal Fistula (VVF) infection. These initiatives include providing free girl-child education to empower young girls and reduce early marriages, as well as offering free VVF surgery to help women suffering from this condition. These efforts demonstrate the government's commitment to improving healthcare and the overall well-being of the people in the state.