The Osun state government in southwest Nigeria says it has provided nearly one hundred and sixty three water facilities and three hundred and twenty six gender friendly in the public schools for effective menstrual hygiene management.
The Programme Manager, Osun State Rural Water Environmental Sanitation Agency, RUWESA, Alhaji Posi Adiatu stated this in Osogbo on the occasion of 2017 Menstrual Hygiene Day.
The programme manager said the Menstrual Hygiene Day is to bring together Individuals, organisations and media to create a united and strong voice for women and girls around the world on menstrual hygiene management.
Adiatu stressed that government committed to the provision of water facilities in schools falls in line with global best practices to ease the burden of female students in the management of their monthly rituals.
According to him, “it is also to ensure effective menstrual management, a process whereby women and adolescent girls using a clean menstrual hygiene management materials to absorb and collect blood that could be changed in privacy as necessary for duration of the mensuration period.”
Mr Adiatu said “the state in collaboration with EU/UNICEF and AFDB have created awareness on perceived silence on mensuration and its management through workshop for Parents, Teachers and School Administrators.”
He called for the involvement of stakeholders towards the promotion and practice of safe menstrual hygiene management as well as creation of enabling environment in schools through provision of toilets and water facilities.
In a remark, the Special Adviser to the Governor on RUWESA, Mr Segun Olanibi pledged government commitment to continue to provide necessary facilities in schools to aid teaching and learning.
Olanibi noted that healthy living of citizens is key to the cardinal principles and called for inclusion of Menstrual Hygiene Management in the Schools Curriculum.
May 28 of each year is set aside as World Menstrual Hygiene Day.