Menstrual Hygiene : kogi Gov’s wife lauds NGO for leading campaign



The wife of Kogi State Governor, Hajia Rashida Bello, has commended HEAL For Africa Initiative, a Non- Governmental Organisation (NGO), for it’s interest in the well-being of the girl child particularly on their menstrual hygiene.

Mrs Bello stated this at the first Annual Conference of the Pay Attention To Her (PATH) project, organized by the NGO and the office of the Kogi state first lady, with the theme: ”Sustainable Solutions for effective Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM)” held in Lokoja

Her words ”This is part of what my NGO is also doing to alleviate the suffering of the poor girl child in the society and put smile on their faces. I have also learnt many things today,” she said.

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She added that her office would liaise with the state ministry of agricultural for the production of re-usable sanitary pads, accessible and affordable for indigent girl child.

She urged the participants to ensure they abide by what they had been taught today by the professionals, while advising them to pay attention to themselves and maintain a healthy menstrual hygiene.

Mrs Bello, who inaugurated the ”Pink Box/Bank projects”, assured the NGO of her total support saying her office would have a pink box where the indigent girls could come and pick free sanitary pad for use monthly

Earlier, the Founder of the NGO, HEAL For Africa Initiative Dr Kelechi Okoro, urged the relevant stakeholders to take actions that would ensure sustainable solutions for effective menstrual hygiene management.

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The first annual conference was organised by the HEAL For Africa Initiative in collaboration with the Office of the Wife of Kogi State Governor, headed by Hajia Rashida Bello.

According to her, the project has empowered over 5000 girls in 11 schools on effective menstrual hygiene management, across the three senatorial districts of Kogi state.

She said that the NGO had also donated over 8200 free sanitary pads and PATH Period Purses containing pads, deodorant, toothpaste, toilet soap, disinfectant, among others.

The organisation today, had also launched the ”Pink Box/Bank projects” to be set up in every school to provide emergency pads and hygiene products for girls during school hour.

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She noted that the Pink Bank project would be set up as a free pad collection centre for women and girls who could not afford disposable pads.

”We are advocating for policies that will foster better menstrual hygiene management for girls in Kogi.

”Today’s program is symbolic as we have gone a step further to bring together stakeholders, decision makers and government to hear about our advocacy, give insights of the situation and provide sustainable solutions.

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