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Group sensitizes girls and young women on menstrual hygiene management

Bukola Afeni

Pharmacist Habiba Suleiman of Kajane Pharmacy Karu, has called on young women and girls to maintain a high level of hygiene while menstruating.

She made the disclosure at a sensitization program organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports,  Sam Empowerment Foundation and United Nations Population Fund at Orozo, Abuja.

The Pharmacist advised women and girls not to be shy about menstruation while stating that it is a normal occurrence that is part of a woman’s lifecycle.

She noted that in situations where there is no money to purchase a sanitary pad, cloth can be used for the same purpose.
While demonstrating the use of a pad for menstruation purposes, she said “the cloth can be cut into shapes of a pad, so it can fit appropriately. It is important to wash the cloth with detergent and allow the sun to dry it very well. Ensure that the cloth is properly ironed before each use”.
She explained that during menstruation, a high level of hygiene should be maintained by girls and women.
“It is important to take your bath, use perfume and dress well during the menstrual cycle. A pad should not be worn for more than 8 hours. The disposal should also be done properly, to prevent clogging of the toilet”, the Pharmacist said.
The Program Director of Sam Empowerment Foundation Mrs Keima Ogunlana, said it is important for young girls and women to maintain a high level of hygiene during the monthly cycle.
She further advised young girls with menstrual infections to visit the healthcare centre for check-ups and possible treatment.
” We are encouraging you to practice all that will be taught here today. We appreciate all the support from all our partners and the Chief of the community for granting us the audience to sensitize the residents”, Ogunlana said.
The Senior Youth Development Officer Ministry of Youth and Sports Ejiro Ukey said the ministry of Youth  prioritise menstrual hygiene of young girls and women, in all parts of the country.
While noting that  good hygiene is essential during monthly cycle

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