Menstrual Hygiene: AHF calls on the Federal Government

“Aids Health Care Foundation (AHF), an NGO, on Tuesday in
Abuja called on the Federal Government to show commitment to the Nigerian
girl-child by investing in their menstrual hygiene.”- PM News
Mr Michael Weinstein, President of the Foundation, made the
appeal at the distribution of 330,000 sanitary pads to young girls ahead of the
International Day of the Girl-Child.
The global girl-child day is celebrated annually on Oct. 11.
Weinstein said that prioritising the menstrual hygiene of
the girl-child would empower young girls in developing their capacities and
leadership skills, as most girls in Africa were extremely disadvantaged.
Weinstein said most often young girls in Africa had to skip
school and stay home because they could not afford to buy sanitary pads during
their menstrual periods.
He added that menstruation, which was natural and integral
to a growing woman’s development, should not be a barrier to her success or
meant as an embarrassment or shame.
Weinstein further urged the Nigerian government to give
every girl-child confidence to succeed in building a better world.
Also speaking, Mr Job Ominyi, Wash, Sanitation and Hygiene
Officer UNICEF, defined menstruation as a natural and normal biological process
experienced by all adolescent girls and women.
Ominyi said parents, guardians, teachers and the government
should serve as advocates in ensuring proper menstruation management of the
girl-child.
He urged the Federal Government to create a favourable
learning environment for children by providing hygiene facilities in schools to
ensure proper treatment and examination.
Dr Joe Odumakin, a women’s rights activist and President,
Women Arise for Change Initiative, said there was no justification for a
girl-child to grieve in maintaining herself during menstruation.
She noted that sanitary pads were sold at exorbitant prices
from N300 to N500, which the poor and less privileged girls were unable to
afford.
“Most girls in rural communities cannot afford sanitary
pads; they suffer self-esteem, become demoralised and stay out of school due to
embarrassing moments they have experienced.
“There are health implications when they use alternatives
such as wrappers and cotton wool which can cause them infection,’’ she said.

 

Odumakin further called on manufacturers and youths to be
innovative in producing sanitary pads at cheaper rates for young girls as
condoms were made available and free for men.
Source: PM News
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