Madam Gladys Gbadagbali, the Ashaiman Municipal Health Promotion Officer, has called on adolescent girls not to hide their menstruation from their parents so as to receive good hygienic guidance during such periods. There are other important reasons why girls should talk about their menstruation.
She urged the girls not to use papers during their menstruation since such materials could be dangerous to their health, but rather use sanitary pads. Madam Gbadagbali said this during an event organised by the SOS Children’s Villages-Ghana, on menstruation sensitisation for school girls at Ashaiman under its “Quality Education Now.”
She said the girls should not take advantage of their menstruation period to absent themselves from school and should carefully package used pads and drop them into toilet bins. She also called on parents to support their girl-child during such periods.
Madam Rosemond Boamah, the Programmes Director of the SOS Children’s Villages Ghana – Tema, urged boys to aid the girls at school at the time of their menstruation by subtly drawing their attention to blood spot in their dresses rather than taunt them.
Here are some of the impact of unhygienic sanitary practices on women’s health;
Unclean Sanitary Napkins
Using unclean pads can actually lead to fungal infections, reproductive tract infection, urinary tract infection and even make you vulnerable to infertility.
Wearing one pad for way too long
A lot of girls are guilty of this one and it is one of the worst things to do. If you do not change your pads frequently (At least every 6-8 hours), you are much more prone to develop rashes and vaginal yeast infections with the side effect of bad odour.
Unsafe disposal of sanitary napkins
The problem of disposal is something that plagues our society at large. With no idea on how to dispose sanitary napkins, most women just throw them in the garbage bin, which then gets mixed up with dry, wet and other hazardous waste. This exposed sanitary napkin can cause serious health concerns like Hepatitis B for the waste collector. Not to mention the societal health risk when these pads clog rivers and roadsides and contribute to the toxic air pollution from garbage dumps.
Not washing your hands
Not everything that they taught us in school is useless and washing your hands is one of them. Not washing your hands after changing your sanitary pad can cause yeast infections or Hepatitis B. So, even if you’ve just been hanging out watching TV all day long, it’s very important that you wash your hands before wearing a pad and after disposing one too.