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Premarital Medical Check Up

| December 10, 2013 | 18 Comments
  1. Have you ever been diagnosed with, or had to take treatment for, Tuberculosis (TB)?
  2. Have you ever been admitted to hospital and/or received medical treatment for an extended period for any reason (including for a major operation or treatment of a psychiatric illness)?
  3. Do you suffer, or have you ever suffered, from mental health problems?
  4. Have you ever been told you are HIV positive?
  5. Please list any prescribed pills or medication (excluding oral contraceptives, over-the-counter medication and natural supplements) you are taking
  6. Have you ever been in close contact at work or at home with a person known to have Tuberculosis (TB)?
  7. Do you have, or have you ever had, hepatitis, problems with your liver or yellowing of the skin?
  8. Do you have, or have you had, cancer in the last 5 years?
  9. Do you have high blood sugar/diabetes?
  10. Do you have heart problems, including high blood pressure or a heart condition that you were born with?
  11. Do you have a blood condition?
  12. Do you have bladder or kidney problems?
  13. Do you have a physical or intellectual disability that make it difficult for you to function (for example, to move around or learn) or work full-time?
  14. Do you need to take drugs or drink alcohol regularly?
  15. Physical examination — to be completed by the examining physician
  16. Height and weight Centimeters Kilograms
  17. Cardiovascular system
  18. Skin disease
  19. Eyes (including fundoscopy) Normal Abnormal
  20. Best distance visual acuity (with or without correction) Right Left
  21. Urine Analysis ( blood, protein, glucose)
  22. Blood pressure (Systolic, Diastolic)
  23. Respiratory system (Please enclose old chest x-ray films.)
  24. Nervous system: Sequelae of stroke Normal Abnormal or cerebral palsy, other neurological disabilities
  25. Mental and cognitive status Normal Abnormal
  26. Intellectual ability Normal Abnormal
  27. Gastrointestinal system Normal Abnormal
  28. Musculosketal system Normal Abnormal 
  29. Endocrine system Normal Abnormal
  30. Ear/nose/throat/mouth Normal Abnormal Hearing
  31. Syphilis Test (VDRL or RPR) Negative Positive
  32. Human Immunodeficiency Negative Positive Virus test (HIV)
  33. Hepatitis B surface antigen blood test
  34. Hepatitis C antibody blood test
  35. Evidence of drug taking Absent Present (example: venous puncture marks)

The above is a list of questions from a visa application.   If the above questions are asked or some of the above medical tests are suggested to couples who are planning to get married or if parents are asked to have their children undergo the above medical tests before marriage, the person suggesting it would be thoroughly ridiculed.  If such a suggestion is made even after the engagement, the marriage proposal will be called off.

If the same children have applied for higher studies or are getting employment opportunity abroad, parents and their children will do their best in order to obtain the Medical Certificate for processing the VISA.  However undergoing medical tests before marriage is considered as a joke or too insignificant. After undergoing all of the above medical tests, if the applicant should decide not to go abroad it wouldn’t matter much.  But avoiding medical tests before marriage can sometimes be fatal.

Marriage is a significant event that allows two partners to build social, emotional, psychological and healthy relationship and establish a sound family comprising of healthy and happy children.  Negligence and reluctance to undergo the medical tests can lead to many health problems. If one of the two partners are carriers of any genetic, infectious or blood transmitted diseases, the marital journey would be marred with mental, psychological and financial stress.  Premarital medical checkup must also be encouraged among blood-related spouses to avoid the risk for hereditary diseases.

Premarital screening would benefit both on a national and communal level and limit the spread of aforesaid genetic and infectious diseases, reduce financial burdens and promote healthy marriages. Premarital HIV Testing is mandatory in about 18 countries. A few countries including India have proposed law mandating premarital HIV testing and few countries have voluntarily opted for HIV testing.

Premarital Medical Check Up can be done at least six months before the wedding that includes some of the following tests:

  1. Blood test routine and hemoglobin analysis to check if there are any blood abnormalities, for an example, Thalassemia trait.
  2. Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) is conducted to know about the inflammation process.
  3. Blood type and Rhesus factor test, to know the possibility of baby’s blood type. The blood type and rhesus test are useful for the fetus.
  4. Complete Urine Test, to monitor kidney function and other disease that is related to kidney or urinary tract.
  5. Blood sugar test is conducted to monitor the possibility of diabetes mellitus.
  6. HBSAG test is conducted to know the possibility of Hepatitis B.
  7. VDLR/RPR test is conducted to know the possibility of syphilis disease.
  8. TORCH test is conducted to detect the infection caused by Toxoplasma parasite, Rubella virus, Cytomegalo virus (CMV), Herpes virus which can cause defects on fetus and premature babies.

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Do you think that Premarital medical check up should be made mandatory without which a marriage certificate will not be issued or marriages will not be conducted?


Source: lawandhealth@sorosny.org.

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    Now a days it is indispensable. A lot of youngsters ( particularly Muslims ) due to lack of Islamic knowledge going on wrong path and having so many problems. So we have to educate them and our parents. May Allah bless you and accept your good deeds. Great efforts for the society irrespective of religion and caste.

    • Fayaz Pasha says:

      Very true! Lack of knowledge has resulted in many catastrophes. Making Premarital Medical Examination mandatory will lessen many problems faced after the marriage.

      Jazakallah for dropping by and for your enlightening words.

  3. Qayyum says:

    Nice initiative Mr. Fayaz. Hopefully people will get adapted to it. However, there is a need to educate people as to what extent the presence of any disease should prevent someone from marrying unless treated.

    • Fayaz Pasha says:

      Thank you brother Qayyum for dropping by and for your kind comments. Hope that the Society will soon realize its follies and come to the straight path and make marriages simple and easy for all. Educating the masses can only bring this awareness.

  4. Many thanks Mr Fayaz Pasha for the Great Services.

  5. Dear Fayaz Pasha,
    Assalamu Alaikum WR WB,

    Masha’Allah very nice initiative…

    The following tests should also be made Mandatory:
    1) HIV +
    2) Any Life threatening Disease(Cancer Etc)
    3) For male sexual Fitness test
    4) the Clinic Should be Authorized for these tests

    May Allah SWT Bless for this Beginning in a Better Way.

    Mohammed Khaja

    • Fayaz Pasha says:

      Dear Mr. Khaja, Walaykum As Salaam.

      Many thanks for dropping by and for your kind suggestions. We imitate and adapt easily all those customs and traditions just to please the Society or to display our status. These practices have made our lives more miserable. It is most difficult for us to accept changes that put our lives on a better path. We usually ignore what is mandatory or obligatory but give highest importance or significance to those matters that have little impact on our lives. However there’s always hope that someday the Society will realize the truth and accept changes so that future generations do not suffer.

      Thanks again for your kind compliments. May Allah bless us all with hidaya.

  6. Imran says:

    it must be made compulsory before marriage… its new idea which every couple has to accept beofre marriage

    • Fayaz Pasha says:

      Very true Imran. Even if it is not made compulsory by Govt. or any Authority, the Society should make it compulsory so that some of the future problems could be ruled out.

      Thanks for dropping by and for your comments.

  7. sindhoooo says:

    The idea of compulsory premarital medical check up is really good one and I understand the concern behind it. But, every new idea is ridiculed in our country by corruption! And then, it would be difficult for poor people to get married! But, a serious matter to look into.

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    • Fayaz Pasha says:

      Thanks Sindhoo for your kind comments. Those who ridicule something without understanding the pros-n-cons will face the music or learn the harsh truth at a later stage. However, I do not believe there’s anyone so poor that they are ready to celebrate the marriage but do not have Rs.3000-5000 for undergoing the medical tests. These tests can put the entire marital journey on a safe road.

  8. Paresh Kale says:

    All required info on single click ! great job :-)

  9. Indrani says:

    This is a good compiled information.
    Great effort by you.

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