Osun First Lady Charges Female Students To Maintain Good Health Habit While Menstruating
… As She Distributes Sanitary Pads To Students
The wife of the Governor of Osun state, Mrs Kafayat Oyetola has called on all school authorities in the state to key into various advocacy campaigns aimed at achieving good healthy living especially the one that centres on ensuring toilet facilities in schools are kept in clean and hygienic conditions.
Mrs Oyetola made the call during a programme marking the year 2021 menstrual Hygiene Day.
The theme of this year’s campaign is ” Stepping up Action for Menstrual Hygiene and Health.”
The event which was held at Apara Memorial High School in Atakumosa West local government area of the state afforded the First Lady the opportunity to highlight the significance of the day as one of the global efforts at tackling the health and social challenges affecting the well-being of girls and women generally in the society.
Pointing out that girls often face many challenges in proper and hygienic management of their monthly flows, Mrs Oyetola identified some of the medically identified health hazards to include lack of proper information at the onset of menstrual flows, lack of access to proper materials such as reusable pads and clothes to soak up the menstrual flows.
These and other factors according to her could trigger different diseases in the affected girl or woman as the case may be while menstruating.
Mrs Oyetola who is also the state W.A.S.H Ambassador reaffirmed the commitment and determination of her NGO, IleriIOluwa Development Initiatives not to leave any stone unturned in putting in place comprehensive campaigns on the need to improve access to water , Sanitation and hygienic life styles in the state of Osun .
The Programme turned out to be another avenue where the First Lady as usual, expressed her discomfiture and disdain over the age old practice of Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting .
She therefore called on mother’s particularly to refrain from subjecting an average girl child to such unhealthy and harmful health practise which she said had sent many victims to their untimely graves.
Speaking during the programme, the Coordinating Director Ministry of Education, Mrs Olaniyan Christiana urged the students of the school not to partake in any unwholesome act capable of jeopardizing their different ambitions in life .
Mrs Olaniyan described education as a priceless meal ticket which should not be mortgaged .
Earlier in his address of welcome, the principal of the school , Mr Osunkile Gabriel appreciated the wife of the Governor for the grace and opportunity given to the school to benefit from the various health programmes of IleriIOluwa Development Initiatives and the state Government of Osun in particular.
Mrs Oyetola thereafter distributed sanitary pads to the female students of Apara Memorial High school in Atakunmosa West local government to round up the campaign targeted at marking the 2021 Menstrual Hygiene Day being celebrated globally today.
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