Health Prac­ti­tioner Harps on Men­strual Hy­giene Man­age­ment

Urges FG to pro­vide fa­cil­i­ties for girls in schools

THISDAY - - HEALTH NEWS - Se­na­tor Iroegbu in Abuja

The Founder of Pub­lic Health Aid Aware­ness and Ed­u­ca­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion, Mrs. Uche Okon­mah, has called on both the state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments to pro­vide pub­lic schools with ad­e­quate toi­let and potable wa­ter so that girls will prac­tice good men­strual hy­giene man­age­ment. Okon­mah made the dis­clo­sure at oc­ca­sion of the Men­strual Hy­giene Day cel­e­bra­tion in Abuja. The founder of the group while on a sen­si­ti­sa­tion and aware­ness cam­paign on men­strual hy­giene to the stu­dents of the Ju­nior Sec­ondary School, Gal­adi­mawa, charged the stu­dents to main­tain high level of hy­giene dur­ing their men­strual cy­cle. Ac­cord­ing to her, it is very es­sen­tial for each school to have its own wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion fa­cil­i­ties, as this is an im­por­tant com­po­nent for meet­ing the Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals.

She said: “In the school, we found out that wa­ter is very scarce, and some stu­dents have to buy sa­chet wa­ter dur­ing school hours. We want the gov­ern­ment to take the nec­es­sary step of mak­ing wa­ter avail­able for all stu­dents.

“When the girl-child has ac­cess to clean wa­ter and ba­sic san­i­ta­tion, it will take a great weight off her shoul­der, as she will be com­fort­able and able to as­sim­i­late at a very high speed.” Speak­ing fur­ther, she charged the stu­dents to learn how to make use of the san­i­tary pad, so as to pre­vent un­nec­es­sary stain­ing of the uni­form and feel­ing of dis­com­fort dur­ing school hours.

Okon­mah said that girls should learn how to dis­pose san­i­tary pad ef­fec­tively, by wrap­ping it, or cov­er­ing it ap­pro­pri­ately be­fore dis­pos­ing it off. Ac­cord­ing to her, it is very es­sen­tial to be very neat while hav­ing the men­strual cy­cle, so as to re­duce the risk of in­fec­tion.

While re­act­ing to the no­tion that ladies should not work dur­ing men­stru­a­tion, she called on the boys and men folk to give the fe­male gen­der the right en­vi­ron­ment to be at their best.

She con­tin­ued: “I will like to state cat­e­gor­i­cally that men­stru­a­tion is not a dis­ease, and it’s not lim­i­ta­tion. It is a nor­mal bi­o­log­i­cal process that hap­pens monthly.

“Men­stru­a­tion is not an abom­i­na­tion, it is not a stigma. We are call­ing on the men and boys to give the fe­male folk the nec­es­sary sup­port to op­er­ate dur­ing the pe­riod, as the body may likely re­act in some rash man­ner.” Also speak­ing, the pres­i­dent of Pre­cious Sis­ter’s One Love Group, Mrs. Vic­tory Okon­mah, said the girl-child should be given the right en­vi­ron­ment to per­form op­ti­mally, so­cially and in every phase of life. She fur­ther called on other groups and non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions to en­gage in such laud­able task as a large num­ber of girls need en­light­en­ment on men­strual hy­giene man­age­ment.

“We spoke to some of the stu­dents who said they only use one san­i­tary pad through­out the whole day, which is not right, as they will be soaked most time.

“Even among the stu­dents, there are some, who can­not af­ford to buy san­i­tary pad,” she added. nShe called on cor­po­rate or­gan­i­sa­tions, and well to do Nige­ri­ans to do­nate san­i­tary pad to schools, and sup­port in­di­gent stu­dents whom the par­ents can­not af­ford school fees. “We hope to en­gage in more of this cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity, be­cause be­ing a women’s group, we know the im­por­tance of men­stru­a­tion, and we want the stu­dents to feel com­fort­able dur­ing school hours.

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