As part of its 'period friendly' facility campaign for public places in Nigeria, a nongovernmental organisation called Center for Media Advocacy for Mother and Child (CAMAC) has donated menstrual emergency kits to Braintrust College, Kurmin Mashi, Kaduna, Kaduna State to help girls in need during school hours.
Photo: CAMAC Progr Officer in white presenting the kit box to the reps of the Braintrust college, Kaduna//:://
Menstrual emergency kits box provides everything women of menstrual age need to go with the flow, even if it happens at public places such as school, office, market, motor park, worship centre, gym, etc while the period friendly facility is those facilities where women are comfortable to use during their monthly menstrual period.
CAMAC, donated as part of its sensitization campaign to mark the Global World Toilet Day bordering on “sustainable sanitation and climate change”.
Items donated are menstrual emergency box, sanitary pads, painkiller drugs, waste bin, detergents and disinfectants.
Addressing female students and management of the college, Executive Director of CAMAC, Alex Uangbaoje, noted that women and young girls could only be comfortable in public places during their monthly menstrual period if the facilities are suitable for use and the required sanitary materials are available.
He emphasized the need for both government and private school owners not to only build toilets, but to also make them period friendly for the sake of the girls just as he urged the girls to always maintain personal hygiene before, during and after their menstrual period.
Alex, who spoke through the Program Officer, Christie Alex, admonished the girls to become advocates for cleanliness and hygiene in their school.
“We are here today to first and foremost; sensitize you on the importance of your menstrual hygiene and secondly on how to maintain a good and hygiene environment especially toilet favourable to your healthy living.
“As young girls, always ensure you don’t use unclean items as pad during your menstrual period where sanitary pads are not available, instead use clean items and dispose of them properly to avoid infectious diseases.
“You need to wash and keep your toilets clean, most importantly use disinfectant, especially while using public toilets. Don’t do open defecation otherwise, you will be causing pollution to your environment and it’s unhygienic for young girls like you”, he said.
Responding, on behalf of the students, Asmahu Abdulahi, who is the Health Prefect in the school, complained that the toilets in the school are in bad shape as such students prefer to do open defecation.
She appealed to the school management to do something about the situation because the sensitization has opened their eyes to now discover that the students are in real danger.
The guidance and Counselling Officer of the College, Mrs Ezekiel Joy, who appreciated CAMAC for selecting her school, after receiving the items, pledged the College’s commitment to ensuring the kits ox is maintained and the toilet facility is upgraded to be more period friendly.
The Principal Mr Godwin Ogar, on his part, confirmed the position of Asmau, that the toilets are in bad shape, but blame that reason on the students who most times leave them unkept.
CAMAC is a media advocacy group that focuses on advocating for policies and programmes that favour vulnerable women, adolescent girls and children in areas of education, health, child’s rights, protection, development and survival, while also drawing the attention of government and other stakeholders to their plight, with the view to finding lasting solutions to their problem.