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DEEPEN INTIMACY WITH GIRL-CHILD, PS MOH TASKS PARENTS

 
 
By: Samson Omotayo Date: 31-05-2021

Parents have been charged to deepen their intimacy with the girl-child as a way of promoting effective communication with them. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Pharmacist (Mrs) Folukemi Aladenola gave the charge in a lecture she delivered at a public lecture organized by the Centre for Blissful Home Initiative to commemorate the Year 2021 Edition of the World Menstrual Hygiene Day.


The Public Lecture with the theme "More Action and Investment in Menstrual Health Hygiene Now"was held at Baptist High School, Okuta-Elerinla, Akure. While describing menstruation as key as it is one of the signs of puberty which plays essential role in adolescent and youth friendly services, Aladenola said the monthly natural act equally signals the beginning of womanhood.


She stressed the need for the girl-child to be equipped with the right information and adequate support from family and friends saying the development will boost their confidence and ensure overall increased productivity.


Noting that the history of the day dates back to May 28th, 2014 when the first edition was celebrated, the PS affirmed that the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN is passionate about the health of the people of the state as health forms an integral part of his administration's 8-point agenda tagged "REDEEMED ".


She added that the importance of good menstrual hygiene can not be over- emphasized as it determines the overall psychosocial well-being of youths and young adults which is crucial to building a virile society. Aladenola therefore urged the students not to be limited in their career pursuits saying with focus and commitment, they can get to the peak of their career.


In his keynote address, the Executive Director of Centre for Blissful Home Initiative and Chairman of Ondo State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Dr.John Ayo Oladapo said the event was designed to address the challenges girls and women face during menstruation.


Oladapo who spoke on behalf of his wife, Mrs Olajumoke Oladapo advocated integration of menstrual hygiene management into global, national and local policies to safeguard girls and women from reproductive tract infections.


In her goodwill message, the representative of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mrs. Busola Olumide-Atiba who appreciated the sponsor for the initiative urged the students to imbibe all the instructions given at the forum and effectively utilize them.


While urging government to effect a downward review of tariffs of diapers and sanitary pads to make them affordable and ensure healthy menstrual health, she equally charged parents to make the girl-child their companions by communicating effectively with them.


Also in a goodwill message, the Ondo State Coordinator of Network of Reproductive Health Journalists, Nigeria (NRHJN), Mrs Fatima Muraina called for better menstrual hygiene campaign in the grassroots where girls and women are most vulnerable.


She equally advocated greater action and investment in menstrual health hygiene saying without menstruation, a woman has little or no chance of procreation. The Principal of Baptist High School, Akure, Mr Taiwo Akinmoju represented by Mrs. Aduke Osogbon also commended the sponsor of the programme for the initiative.





 
 
 

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