GHS, GES, MIHOSO sensitized students on menstrual hygiene

By thefourlens.com 

Boffourkrom – Sunyani West (B/R), May 30 May, 2024 

Pupil and students of Boffourkrom Municipal Assembly (M/A) basic and Seventh-Day Adventist basic schools in the Sunyani West Municipality of the Bono region have been educated and sensitized on menstrual hygiene.

The MIHOSO Foundation International, a women centred Non-governmental Organization (NGO) into issues of public health and safety, educated the students on Tuesday and donated 100 pieces of sanitary pads to the schools.

The event to commemorate this year’s World Menstrual Hygiene Day, was in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service and the Ghana Health Services, under the theme: “Together for a Period Friendly World”.

Miss Irene Esenam Akana, the Gender and Inclusion Advisor, MIHOSO, highlighted the significance of menstrual health and hygiene, and the urgent need for affordable menstrual products for marginalized communities.

She called on governments, organizations, and individuals to prioritize menstrual health and hygiene in public health policies and programs to make menstrual products affordable and easy accessible to all.

She encouraged the school authorities to break the silence and stigma surrounding menstrual health through education and awareness in their programs.

Miss Esenam Akana further called for collective efforts towards a future where every woman or girl can manage their periods with dignity, confidence without compromise.   

She worried the high cost of menstrual pads have become a major obstacle, forcing many young girls in Ghana to resort to unhygienic and unsafe alternatives such as rags, leaves or even skipping school or work during their periods.

Therefore stressed the need to support initiatives that promote menstrual health and hygiene, especially in marginalized communities, because, “menstruation is a natural and essential part of life”.

This, Miss Esenam Akana noted the unhygienic alternatives has led to alarming consequences including teenage pregnancies, absenteeism and increased risk of reproductive health problems.

Ms Tuffour Eldridge Jacqueline, a Senior Community Health Nurse, Boffourkrom, took the students and pupils through safety measures during menstruation. 

Mrs. Linda Okoe-Mantey, the School Health Education Program (SHEP) Coordinator, Ghana Education Services, Sunyani West Municipality told the pupils not to absent themselves from school during menstrual period.

Mr. Amankwaa Edward, the Head-teacher, Boffourkrom M/A Basic school advised the girls to report menstrual stigmatization issues metered against them to the school authorities. 

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