Published On: Thu, Jul 4th, 2019

How our hygiene campaign in Galadimawa school is helping young girls

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Tobias Lengnan Dapam

The founder of Mensuration Is Not A Choice (MINAC), Victoria Oni has said that her group’s hygiene campaign has helped young girls in the country to be aware of the importance hygiene.
Recently during the World Hygiene Day (WHD), the group along with other concerned friends took awareness campaign to Junior Government Secondary School Galadimawa, to sensitize young girls on proper way to use sanitary pads.
The group, which has been at the forefront of the campaign also donated 120 sanitary pads, 60 roll-on and 120 shaving stick to female students in the school.
Oni, said most young girls in the country lack were not properly taught how to keep themselves clean especially while experiencing their monthly flow.
“Some parents don’t teach these young ones how to properly take care of themselves. The parents completely abandoned them to their fate without proper check. When I observed this, I called my friends who are also passionate about issues of young girls to see how we can embark on a school awareness campaign to help these young girls.
“We gave them disposable and reusable sanitary pats to enable them use if they don’t have money. This, we believe will help a lot of girls in the country. On our own parts,we will continue to champion the campaign to promote mensural hygiene in the country.
“ I am a concerned Nigerian and I am passionate about young girls and their plights. I have been doing this for a long time and I am always happy when others are happy.
We contributed our personal money and we did not get support from anywhere.”
She added that, “we discover that people don’t give sanitary pats to young girls; so we want to contribute our quota and assist these young ones to manage themselves well. If these young ones have the best awareness they need to take care of themselves, they can also help their younger ones and spread the campaign to the grassroots.”
Oni further appealed to governments at all levels to key in to the campaign and ensure that the younger ones are better taken care of.
“There is an urgent need to regulate the price of sanitary pats to make it affordable for people. We have a lot of young girls in the rural areas who cannot afford the price now. We need more partners to be put an end to the plights of our children.
She said the programme which was in partnership with; Chika Atolagbe, CEO of Bounty Touch; Rose Philips, Najeel founder; Knight Jimmy, CEO of SMAOB; Funmi Amu, Giwa Manager of Springs Resort, Dr. Victor Audu, and Henry Oni, CEO Granito will continue to sustain the campaign and take it to greater heights.
Also speaking, Doctor Loveth Ejeh, urged the students to always promote hygiene wherever they find themselves.
While frowning at the current prices of sanitary pats, she said the society needs to do more to come to the aids of young girls in the country.
“There is campaign going on about expensive pats and young girls need this talk about how to take care of themselves while observing their monthly flow. Some of us never had the opportunity so I am happy helping people on what to do.
“I am here to give you tips on what to do and how to take care of themselves. We need parts to be cheap because we need to do a lot to help them. The common people should be able to get it at an affordable price.
On her part, Rose Philips, founder of Najeel, said “touching lives is something I like doing. Girls are not understanding what their period is all about that is why I want to be part of the campaign in helping these young ones to properly take care of themselves.
“Parents too have failed and we have to keep going to schools to take care of them.
Mensuration is something that girls must go through and we should understand it and not to embarrass them. We should know what they are passing through and know how to help them.”
She called on various constituted authorities to key in to the campaign and help the girls.
While appreciating the gesture, Ademola Grace who is a teacher in the school said “I am excited because most of my students don’t know how to take care of themselves. I am sure this hygiene talk will help them to take care of themselves very well.
“We never had doctors coming to talk to us before. We need more of these talks for our girls to effectively take care of themselves. I am happy that my girls are being empowered today with this knowledge”.

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