By Uzo Ugwunze
ANAMBRA State Government has celebrated `Global Menstrual Hygiene Day’ (GMHD) recently in some community secondary schools in Idemili South and Nnewi North Local Government Areas (LGA) of Anambra.
The celebration was collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), European Union (EU) and Anambra State Government.
The event, which was marked globally on May 28 was, however, celebrated in Anambra secondary schools between June 6 to June 7.
Menstrual Hygiene Day (MHD) was set aside to sensitise people
through the media and other platforms, create a strong voice for women and break the silence about menstrual hygiene management.
MHD offered an opportunity to actively advocate for the integration of menstrual hygiene management into global, national, local, school policies and programmes.
The schools from Idemili South LGA were; Community Secondary School (CSS), Akwukwu; CSS Nnobi, CSS Nnokwa and Unity Secondary School, Nnokwa.
The schools from Nnewi North LGA were; Technical Secondary School, Otolo Nnewi; CSS, Uruagu; Nnewichi CSS, Nnewi and Girls’ Secondary School, Uruagu.
The Executive Director Global Health Foundation, Daniel Iroegbu noted that the essence of MHD was to enlighten women and girls on menstruation in a hygienic and dignified manner.
“Menstrual management is awareness, articulation and confidence to manage menstruation with safety and dignity, using hygienic materials.
“It includes having access to water and soap for bathing and proper disposal of used menstrual absorbents,” Iroegbu said.
The Programme Manager RUWASSA Anambra State, Victor Ezekwo urged the students to feel free to discuss and seek assistance about menstruation.
“No girl should stay away from school during menstruation or be disallowed to participate in any school function. A proper hygiene is all that matters,” he said.
Sharing of MHM instructional materials, booklets, charts and fliers to school teachers, MHM ambassadors and champions formed the high point of the event.