Over 51,000 screened since February in newly mandated pre-marriage medical tests: Ministry
Since the launch in February of a presidential initiative mandating pre-marriage medical tests, 51,335 people, both Egyptian and non-Egyptian, have undergone screening nationwide, the Ministry of Health and Population announced on Saturday.
File Photo: Health Minister Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar. Al-Ahram
The initiative, which falls under the 100 Million Healthy Lives campaign launched in 2018, aims to identify genetic disorders, chronic illnesses and infectious diseases.
The ministry issued 28,802 health certificates with QR codes for those wishing to tie the knot, valid for six months from the date of issue, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar announced.
Those wishing to seal their union must conduct the tests no less than 14 days before their marriage to ensure their certificate arrives in time, he added.
Applicants can call the hotline at 15335 or visit the initiative's website to find the nearest health centre.
Additional information can also be found on the ministry’s social media pages.