By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
The Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), Kwara State chapter on Friday in Ilorin, donated free sanitary pads to over 1000 schoolgirls in Queen Elizabeth Secondary School, Ilorin.
The Association distributed the free sanitary pads as part of the activities to mark World Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day).
The day is a global advocacy platform that brings together the voices and actions of non-profits, government agencies, individuals, the private sector and the media to promote good menstrual health and hygiene (MHH) for all women and girls.
President of MWAN, Dr Mosunmola Folorunso, who addressed the students also advocated that government at all tiers should make available free sanitary pads for girls and women.
She said the day is to educate the schoolgirls on menstruation and hygiene, saying that there is also a need for privacy for female gender.
She lamented that if men are getting condoms free then women too should have sanitary pads for free also as they are costly and out of reach of many girls and women across the country.
Folorunso described menstruation as a normal occurrence in female aged from nine or 16 years, adding that It is not normal for 18 not to have menses.
The MWAN president advised the students not to indulge in sexual activity till they are married, saying that getting pregnant can destroy their future while exposing them to stigmatization.
Folorunso also told the girls that a diabetic person is someone with too much sugar in the blood.
“If this happened, you go to the hospital for appropriate treatment,” she said.