Ondo commends ‘CARE’ project on menstrual health education
By Roseline Okakah
The Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Orientation, Mrs Toyin Onisile, has lauded the recently launched ‘CARE’ project by the United State Government Exchange Alumni Association (USGEAA), Ondo State Chapter.
The project which was launched in Akure aims to provide menstrual health education for secondary school girls in Ondo State, addressing the challenges faced by girls and women in the region.
Speaking at the event, Onisile emphasized the timeliness of the programme, particularly in light of the economic hardships faced by many families.
She commended the organizers for their efforts in providing not just sanitary pads, but also education on proper usage and cost-effective solutions.
“This is the time when the economy is so hard on people. I learnt that sanitary towels are now expensive, parents cannot even feed talk less of getting hygienic pads for their children.
“Coming at this time to give them what to use, how to use it and even train them on how to make it is a very good venture,” Onisile stated.
The Permanent Secretary urged the organizers to extend the programme beyond the participating schools to sensitize parents, suggesting outreach through churches and mosques.
The President of United State Government Exchange Alumni Association (USGEAA), Ondo State Chapter, Mr. Lawrence Oguntoye, highlighted the importance of students sharing their knowledge with others and encouraged them not to hoard the information they have gained.
Oguntoye stressed the role of teachers in educating students about menstrual health and called for a ripple effect where students would influence their peers and families.
In a similar vein, the Chairperson of the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Ondo State Chapter, Comrade Tola Gbadamosi, advocated for the inclusion of mothers in the programme, emphasizing the need for comprehensive menstrual health education.
Gbadamosi urged students to prioritize hygiene and cautioned against resorting to alternative methods due to economic constraints.
A resource person and lecturer at the University of Medical Sciences, UNIMED, Ondo, Dr. Mayowa Elemile emphasized the long-term benefits of the project, noting that educating young people about menstrual health would ultimately contribute to a healthier society.
The Director of Guidance and Counselling at the Ministry of Education, Mrs Akinsida Oluwakemi, urged the organizers to extend the project to more schools to maximize its impact.
The ‘CARE’ project, which included workshops, distribution of reusable sanitary pads, training sessions, stakeholders engagement, awareness campaigns, and health check-ups, reached several schools in the region, including Fiwasaye Girls Grammar School, Akure, Ijapo High School, Akure, Igoba High School, Akure, Comprehensive High School, Ayede Ogbese, and Eji Oba High School, Oba Ile.