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2021 Menstrual Hygiene Day: NAWOJ Gombe distributes pads to 100 girls

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2021 Menstrual Hygiene Day: NAWOJ Gombe distributes pads to 100 girls

As part of efforts to improve health of girls in Gombe Metropolis through adequate and accurate knowledge about menstruation and the need for hygiene, the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) Gombe State chapter has sensitized over 100 girls of Ahmadu Gombe Senior Secondary School Jekadafari.

The event which was held on Tuesday by NAWOJ to mark the 2021 Menstrual Hygiene Day saw members of the union giving health talks on issues relating to pad use and the need for girls to observe the hygiene culture associated with menstruation.

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Besides the health talk, NAWOJ also distributed free sanitary pads to over 100 female students of the school under the “Pad a girl project” initiative.

Mrs Comfort Mukollo, the state’s NAWOJ Chairperson while briefing our correspondent said awareness play a major role in menstrual hygiene, adding that lack of education in this regard could result to severe health risks that many girls may not be able to treat.

“ Prevention they say is better than cure and when you talk of prevention, awareness is key. Our message to them is simple, their health should be prioritised during menstruation.”

Mukollo told the girls to “maintain personal hygiene while ensuring proper disposal of the used pads.”

She advised the girls to abtain from sex to prevent unwanted pregnancy while charging them to always consult medical personnel whenever they experience pain or abnormalities regarding their health generally.

While calling on wealthy individuals and NGOs to support the “pad a girl project” as a way of joining different stakeholders towards addressing period poverty, the NAWOJ chairperson noted that girls needed such kind of support to live healthily.
Highlight of the occasion include a demonstration on the proper use of pad and disposal of used pad.

Question and answer session was conducted to enhance students’ understanding of menstrual hygiene.

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On their parts, Vice Principal, Mrs Diana Kala and a beneficiary Rejoice Horo appreciated NAWOJ’s gesture and health talk.

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