A Non-Governmental Organization, JTF Foundation, has taken its menstrual hygiene campaign to Government School of Persons with Special Needs in Osogbo, Osun state to commemorate the World Disability Day.
JTF Foundation Founder and Executive Director, Miss Jesutofunmi Fayemi, speaking with newsmen said women and girls in particular need proper education on menstrual hygiene.
She maintained that knowledge is virtue and ignorance is vice, pointed out that, the right education will equip the society and those involved in menstrual cycle on how to maintain hygienic menstrual cycle and how to relate with them hence the need for mass campaign and creation of awareness on menstrual support, for women and adolescent girls.
She also charged parents especially mothers on their duty to always give their girl child adequate and accurate counseling on menstrual circle as a normal biological process for them to overcome their challenges.
According to her, Educating girls before their first period — and, importantly, boys — on menstruation, builds their confidence, contributes to social solidarity and encourages healthy habits.
Miss Jesutomi who insisted that, such information should be provided at home and at school, added that, the government and organisations should also join in creating increased awareness to enable women and girls to have safe and hygienic menstrual cycle, particularly during school periods.
She further noted that, Girls and women with disabilities and special needs face additional challenges with menstrual hygiene and are affected disproportionately with lack of access to toilets with water and materials to manage their period.
Her words: “Girls and women with disabilities and special needs face additional challenges with menstrual hygiene and are affected disproportionately with lack of access to toilets with water and materials to manage their period”.
“The risk of improper menstrual hygiene apart form diseases and infection include the risk of becoming infertile when a woman is matured enough to start making babies.
“Fathers should also be there for their girl child for fund to buy enough pads for the monthly cycle”,she added”.
Meanwhile, items worth thousands of naira such as packs of sanitary pads, 63 face masks, Sanitizers, milk, Indomie noodles, reading lamps and lots of food items were distributed freely to the needy by the NGO at the occasion.
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