National Service Secretariat in the Keta Municipality have partnered Marisis Aid and NAYADO Foundation, which are non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to donate some sanitary kits to all final year Basic School females in Keta and Anloga Districts.
The NSS Secretariat, together with the NGOs considered issues that females make a larger part of the population in Ghana and they experience monthly menstruation, thus prudent to supply them with sanitary kits which amount to GHC 23,000 so as to enhance their personal hygiene.
Speaking with Mr. Ambrose Entsiwah Jnr, the Volta Regional Director of National Service Scheme (NSS), he stated that most students use materials like rags, toilet roll, old clothes for the absorption of menstrual blood in place of sanitary towels, and this practice poses a health threat to the lives of the students.
He added that, despite some of these students come from poor homes, they still need to be given the best support during their menstruation period.
The Municipal Director of NSS, Mr. Gabriel Osei Junior in his comment, stressed that “most parents find it difficult to provide their daughters with sanitary kits. And this is a problem I would entreat us all to help solve by supporting our school girls with the pads. At times, the students stay back home until their menstruation is over. This will not help them”.
Mr. Osei thus urged various stakeholders in the municipality to offer maximum support to ending the challenges most school girls face so as to enhance their menstrual hygiene.
Member of Parliament (MP) for the Keta Constituency Hon. Kwame Dzudzorli Gakpey lauded the efforts of Marisis Aid, NAYADO Foundation, and the NSS Secretariat for their support in providing the sanitary kits to the students.
The MP pledged his commitment to ensuring that students are given the needed support which will promote their education and menstrual hygiene.