Should Nigerian Hospitals Conduct Compulsory DNA Test After Childbirth?

Should Nigerian hospitals conduct compulsory DNA test after childbirth? DNA paternity tests are unraveling a lot of buried family secrets especially here in Nigeria.

Keeping family secrets isn’t as easy as it used to be and just one DNA test could change everything for better or for worse.

Why is paternity fraud high? Should Nigerian hospitals conduct compulsory DNA test in Nigeria after childbirth in order to curb this menace?

Paternity (father of a child) tests in Nigeria are usually done for immigration reasons, health reasons or when there is a clear indication or strong suspicion that a female partner or wife has been unfaithful.

Well, let’s consider some incidents caused by lack of DNA test after birth here in Nigeria.

Currently, the controversial banker and Managing Director of First City Monument Bank (FCMB), Adam Nuru, will soon be swimming in the pool of sex scandal rocking the internet.

As the sex story was narrated, it was alleged that the banker was responsible for Tunde Thomas’ marriage breakdown that eventually led to Tunde’s death few days back.

The story as posted on the website read:

“Tunde Thomas died recently like about a week or two from depression. Apparently, kids from his marriage to Moyo Thomas belongs to wife’s boss (Adam Nuru, the current MD of FCMB). Moyo Thomas left Tunde to go to America with the kids, she told him kids were not his when she got to America. He (Tunde) was later down with stroke but recovered.”

Apparently, Tunde met someone else he was going to remarry but apparently didn’t recover from the first Marriage issues or trauma.

Tunde was just made director for the MFB he works for. Got back from work last week and had a cardiac arrest 2 days before introduction to pregnant new girlfriend, and he later died.

In February 2017 however, a Nigerian man identified as Oscar found out that 32-year-old Valentine wasn’t his biological son. Jesu!!!

The clip was from the Jeremy Kyle Show in the United Kingdom which later went viral.

In 2015 also, Mike tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend. Shortly after, they gave birth to a bouncing baby girl.

Mike’s marriage could have been a fairy tale, but two years later, through a series of unfortunate events, Mike found out that the child he called his daughter wasn’t his. His world crashed in an instant.

To deal with the pain of knowing that the little girl in his house wasn’t his, he moved to South Africa.

While Mike found out early on in his marriage, some men, unfortunately, discover that they have raised another man’s child much late in their lives, like the case of Oscar mentioned above.

Honestly, paternity fraud is becoming worrisome across the country and this happens when a mother deliberately misidentifies her partner as the biological father of her child.

If you let the internet tell it, paternity fraud is high in Nigeria backed up with unverified stats as well. But what is the way forward?

To continue like this or to find means of tackling it? Personally, I’m of the opinion that Nigerian hospitals should conduct compulsory DNA test after childbirth in order to mitigate the paternity fraud at the early stage.

This, as for me, will definitely go a long way to reduce the level of unfaithfulness among married couples and also reduce to rate of depression among the affected spouse.

READ ALSO: HOW MUCH IS DNA TEST IN NIGERIA?

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