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Pre-marital medicals made mandatory in UAE

The Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) has announced mandatory pre-marital screening and counselling for all residents and Emiratis planning to get married in the UAE, Khaleej Times has reported. The programme aims to screen for the most prevalent infectious diseases and genetic disorders, and couples will be informed of any health risks to halt the transmission of infectious diseases and congenital anomalies to their children.