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Menstrual Hygiene Day: Ondo gender office sensitises students


…distribute pads to female students

By Josephine Oguntoyinbo

As part of activities marking this year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day ,Office of the Special Adviser to the Ondo State Governor on gender today organized a sensitization campaign for female students in Akure.

The event with the theme:”Together for a period friendly world” was held at St Peters Unity Secondary School, Akure

Addressing the students, the Special Adviser to the State Governor on gender matters, Chief Mrs Olamide Falana informed that the State government is consciously taking to heart issues that affects gender, saying that her office is happy to join the movement for a period friendly world.

She pointed out that millions of women and girls around the world are prevented from reaching their full potential just because they menstruate, noting that the yearly commemoration brings Together stakeholders for increase awareness and action towards achieving common goal.

Mrs Falana added that a period friendly world is a world where taboo and stigma surrounding menstruation are history , where everyone has access to quality menstrual products, period education and period -friendly toilets.

She called on well meaning Nigerians and companies to support adolescent child by providing menstrual products for them as government cannot do it alone, saying as government,they will continue to do their best to make life better for people.

While describing menstruation as the key to life,Mrs Falana charged the students to shun vices, speak out when troubled,seek for cansel, and stay save to be able to navigate through adolescent with ease.

In her remarks, the State Commissioner for Women affairs and social development, Deaconess Lola Fagbemi who was represented by Deaconess F.O Oladiran said menstruation is not a disease but a gift designed by God adding that the Ministry will continue to partner stakeholders on vigorous sensitization.

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The Chairman, internal revenue service,Mr Tolu Adegbie who was represented by Mrs Ajayi Bosede said they are showing solidarity and collaboration with the gender office to ensure gender friendly environment.

In her goodwill message,the Chairman Agency for the welfare of persons with disabilities,Mrs Foladade Arise who led Special female students to the event said disability is not a disease, urging the Special students to be hygienic during menstrual period.

Also, the Principal of St.Peters Unity Secondary School, Akure Mrs Stella Okunrinboye commended the convener of the programme which according to her would go a long way to shaping the lives of the students.

Guest lecturers,Mrs Arowolo Agnes from the University of Medical Sciences, UNIMED and Mrs Pamela Elekwachi emphasized on putting stigmatization of menstruation at bay and admonished the students to change their used pads regularly for their health sakes and eat healthy with lots of fluids.

They took time to explained the concept of menstruation and its importance to reproductive health and spoke extensively on menstrual hygiene management and nutrition and why students should not be abscent from School during the period.

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