RC Umudike Central Gifts Female Students Reusable Sanitary Pads
At least 120 school girls have received free reusable sanitary pads, donated by the Rotary Club of Umudike Central, District 9142 in partnership with North Cobb Rotary Club, District 6900 Atlanta, USA.
Speaking at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Demonstration School, Umudike, Ikwuano L.G.A, of Abia State, during the sensitization and distribution of reusable pads project tagged “PAD A GIRL”, the Synergizer President of the Club, Rtn. Chinwe Vivian Anyaegbu pointed out that a consistent use of reusable sanitary pad enhances good menstrual health and promotes period dignity.
According to her, the project was aimed at sensitizing the students on menstrual hygiene among girls in secondary schools also to discourage the use of harmful materials during the menstrual cycle.
She therefore urged the students to pay more attention to their bodies and should not be ashamed of menstruation because it is their reproductive rights.
While distributing the reusable pads to the female students, Rtn. Anyaegbu said that the gesture was in line with the commitment of the Club to humanitarian services, adding also that the Club was very pleased to partner with North Cobb Rotary Club, District 6900 Atlanta, USA to provide the reusable sanitary pads.
Speaking on “Mensural Hygiene Management”, a resource person, Rtn. Ejemba Sonia informed that adequate menstrual health management includes ensuring that girls have access to clean, blood-absorbing products that can be changed in private as often as necessary; soap and water to wash themselves as required; convenient facilities and sufficient information about menstruation.
Rtn. Ejemba who disclosed that reusable sanitary pads reduce plastic use and energy use, said that the pads have less toxins and does not leak.
“They are environmentally friendly and are healthier than single-use pads. With the reusable sanitary pads, you’ll save money and support small businesses”, She said.
She observed that about 20 per cent of girls are always absent from class during their monthly cycle, which affects their learning, adding that the Rotary Club of Umudike Central with her partner decided to distribute the reusable sanitary pads to encourage them in their education and inculcate in them hygienic method of taking care of themselves.
She maintained that the reusable sanitary pads allow “your skin to breathe, avoiding odours and bacteria”.
Lending her voice, a Past Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator and Public Image Chair of the Club, PAG Onyinye Ralph-Nwachukwu, asserted that the reusable pads are cost -effective, safe and environmentally-friendly and urged the students to make use of the knowledge they garnered during the awareness programme to better themselves.
PAG Ralph-Nwachukwu who also exposed and expounded the benefits of joining the Interact and Rotary Club, encouraged the students and teachers to join the Club respectively in order to serve humanity and positively impact on the society.
In appreciation, Miss Okezie Kelechi, SS3 student and Udochukwu Munachisom from SS2 commended the Club for extending their hands of fellowship to the school.
Also interacting with our correspondent shortly after the event, some of beneficiaries of the project who include: Miss Okoronkwo Theresa from SS 1; Unegbu Victoria, JSS3; Okeke Deborah, SS2, among other female students expressed appreciation for the gesture.