In its quest to ensure the girl child has a proper hygiene and sound health, an NGO, Heal for Africa Initiative donated over 700 sanitary pads to girls in Kogi State.
This gesture was just in commemoration of the International Day of Girl Child celebrated world over on every October 11 according to the mandate of the United Nations.
The convener and Executive Director of Heal For Africa Initiative, Dr Kelechi Okoro, succinctly educated the participants on menstrual health, s3xual hygiene and their roles in nation building.
“Girls have a huge role to play in nation building and they should be sensitised early enough for the task ahead in all ways possible. It is also important that a girl child understands personal hygiene and how to take care of her body especially during menstruation. A girl child needs to understand how to cater for themselves and be free from distractions emanating from ill health, which translates into better self-perception and self-esteem which enhances their functioning.
“We decided, in our own little way, together without partners, to give out these pads. We hope more well-meaning Nigerians will embrace this challenge and help promote the girl child across Nigeria.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Kogi State Governor and the Chairman, Board of Trustee of Heal for Africa Initiatives, Mrs Petra Akinti Onyegbule, challenged the girls on the need to build and expand their capacities and acquire skills for employability.
The school Principal St Monica’s College, Kabba, Kogi State, Mrs Olowokere Esther; the Chaplin, Fr Donatus Ogunleye; the Head Girl, Miss Omieza Catherine; and other teachers in attendance were full of praises to the convener and her team for putting up such an awesome event in their school, which happens to be the third edition of the PATH School Tour behind Al Ansar Secondary School and Muslim Community Secondary School, both in Lokoja.
Some of the gift items donated include sanitary pads, deodorants, liquid antiseptics, soaps, tissue papers and other hygiene products to outstanding students at the event and to over 700 attendees.