Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh, recently took her awareness on menstrual hygiene management to Girls Secondary School, Dutse in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and distributed sanitary pads to studnts.
The thespian told newsmen that the gesture was to mark the 2018 Menstrual Hygiene Day (MHD) for the young girls by the Tonto Dikeh Foundation.
According to her, the foundation, which is her humanitarian initiative, empowers and provides medical assistance to young women, especially the vulnerable ones.
She noted that since many teenage girls were not well enlightened on how their body worked, they remained ignorant and even fall prey to tendencies that endanger their lives.
“Creating a culture that welcomes discussion and makes adequate education for girls is very importance for the girl child.
“Their building process involves everyone, because it goes beyond the classroom, especially on sensitive things about womanhood and how to manage them.
“There are a lot of misconceptions and myths which have misguided a lot of young girls that made them to make regrettable mistakes about their health.
“It is high time people they see as role models and listen to, stood up and guide them and that is what the Tonto Dikah Foundation has come to do today, ”she said.
She noted that her foundation decided to provide the sanitary pads as respite to the female students, since their peculiar nature makes their upkeep financially- involving than their male counterparts.
“According to experts, depending on the flow, the pad ought to be changed six-hourly, and this requires a lot of money for an adolescent to follow.
“Research has shown that not having access to menstrual hygiene management products can keep girls at home from school during their period each month.
“Beside the enlightenment campaign, we are offering them free sanitary pads and we believe this will go a long way in making them comfortable,” Dikeh said.
Volunteer medical and public health experts of the Tonto Dikeh Foundation had interactive sessions with the students,where they were given opportunities to ask questions on female health.
The students were taught how to use pads and dispose them, wash their body, and handle menstrual pains, and were also advised to avoid self medication whenever they are having a health challenge.
The high point of the event was when the creative and humorous ones among the students took their turns to dance and present comedy to the admiration of their visiting model and celebrity.
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