CELEBRATION OF WORLD MENSTRUAL HYGIENE DAY, 2024

Introduction

On Monday, May 28, 2024, the Bosome Freho Chapter of the Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives Ghana (RRIG), under the direction of Executive Director Aba Oppong, joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Menstrual Hygiene Day. The district edition took place at Bobiam D/A Basic School on the same day. The theme of the occasion was “Together for a #Period Friendly World.”

 In a #period friendly world, the stigma and taboos surrounding menstruation are history. It is a world where everyone can access the products, period education, and period-friendly infrastructure they need. During your period, you should not be shy, speak about it.
A representative from the District Health Directorate, Asiwa, served as the event’s chair.

In her address, Madam Aba Oppong highlighted the following:

Menstrual Hygiene management

Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) is an essential aspect of Hygiene for women and adolescent girls between menarche and menopause. Despite being an important issue concerning women and girls it is often overlooked in post-disaster response.

Menstrual Hygiene materials are the products used to catch menstrual flow such as pads, clothes, and tampons. Body and laundry soaps, underwear, and pain relief items guide to menstrual Hygiene materials.

Five (5) hygienic practices during menstruation

  1. change the sanitary pad, or tampon from time to time.
  2. keep the vagina clean.
  3. avoid using chemical products.
  4. dispose off the sanitary pad or tampon properly.
  5. don’t forget to take a shower.
  6. try to avoid a pad rash

Importance of proper Management of Menstrual Hygiene

Good menstrual health can prevent infection, reduce odors, and help you stay comfortable.

During your period, wash your hands before and after using the washroom and before using a menstrual product.

Reducing Risks

Using sanitary pads and washing the general area is essentially hygiene. Poor menstrual Hygiene may lead to itching or rashes in the vaginal region, pelvic inflammatory disease, and toxic shock syndrome. Use 3 to 6 pads per day.

Problems with Menstruation

  1. Dysmenorrhea
  2. Premenstrual syndromes
  3. Menorrhagia in heavy bleeding including prolonged menstrual periods or excessive bleeding in a normal-length period.

Girls and Young Women (GYW) should seek help from the Adolescent Health Corner in a Health Facility.

Call to Action to Ensure Positive Menstrual Hygiene

  1. The Government should remove the tax on Sanitary towels to make the cost of sanitary towels within the reach of all families. This campaign is led by a CSO consortium
  2. Taboos about Mensuration should be removed
  3. WASH facilities should be available in all public facilities: Schools, markets, Religious institutions, lorry stations, etc.

Conclusion

Menstruation is a natural process of womanhood; it should not be taxed or act as a barrier to education and other socioeconomic activities. Let us all stand for positive Menstrual Hygiene every day and everywhere and not only on the Annual Menstrual Day celebration on May 28th of every year.

 

 

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