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Group celebrates World Menstrual Hygiene Day 2023, urges girl-child support


The Medical Women's Association of Nigeria (MWAN) Anambra State celebrates 2023 World Menstrual Hygiene Day with the theme “making menstruation a normal fact of life by 2030”. World Menstrual Hygiene Day is commemorated every 28th May to raise awareness on the importance of hygienic management of menstruation and highlight challenges faced by menstruating women and young girls.

 MWAN Anambra had a number of events to mark the 2023 World Menstrual. This started with donation of Menstruation Handbook for Adolescents written by the Young Doctors Forum of the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria (MWAN) to all public secondary schools in Ekwusigo and Nnewi North LGAs on 18th April, 2023. This was used to teach all adolescents in the schools after which school level quiz competition was conducted. The best 15 students from each school were selected to attend the grand finale which held on Saturday, 20th May, 2023 at Catholic Girls' Secondary School, Ozubulu.

The highlights of the grand finale event included a written quiz competition featuring 15 students selected from of the 13 public schools in Nnewi and Ekwusigo Local Government Areas, to give a total of 195 participants. The winners of the final quiz competition was announced by the HOD, Science and Technology, Post Primary School Service Commission (PPSSC) Nnewi Zone, Mrs. Ikeanyi Salome while awards were presented to the winners by the Zonal Director, ASUBEB, Nnewi zone, Mrs. Mgbenwelu Pat, assisted by the state President Dr Chinyere Onubogu.

The winners and MWAN Anambra 2023 Menstrual Hygiene Champions were Miss Afobe Chinonye Lilian (SS2, 92%) for Senior secondary category and Miss Unachukwu Esther ( JS 3, 84%] for junior secondary category. Both champions are students of Maria Regina Secondary School Nnewi. The 2nd, 3rd and lots of consolation prizes went to students of Maria Regina Secondary School and Anglican Girls Secondary School Nnewi. 

For the senior category, Nwadiugwu Chibundo (SS1, 90%) and Ikechukwu Ifunanya Esther (SS2, 86%) were in the 2nd and 3rd positions, respectively. And in the junior category Ezeakuji Chiamaka (JS 3, 83%) and Ngwu Chisom MaryJane (JS2, 82%) were in the 2nd and 3rd positions, respectively. The winners went home with mouthwatering prizes. All attendees received sanitary products. 

The teachers of Maria Regina Secondary and Anglican Girls Secondary school Nnewi were appreciated for the excellent performance of their students.

There were talk sessions by our team of seasoned adolescent health specialists ably led by our state President and consultant Paediatrician, Dr. Chinyere Ukamaka Onubogu.

Topics discussed include;

1. The physiology of menstruation by Dr. Umeh Uche (Consultant Public Health Physician COOUTH and Menstrual hygiene committee chairman);

2. Hygienic management of menstruation by Madubueze Princess;

3. Proper sanitary products for menstruation by Onyeanusi Onyinye;

4. Tracking of menstrual cycle by Prestige Okonkwo;

5. Debunking menstruation myths and misconceptions by Dr. Ofiaeli Ogo (Consultant Paediatrician NAUTH, President-elect MWAN Anambra);

6. Demonstration of pad use by Cynthia Anigbogu;

7. Corrections for the quiz questions by Dr. Mbachu Chioma (Consultant Pediatrician NAUTH and School health programme coordinator).

Speaking at the occasion, the HOD Science and Technology, PPSSC Nnewi, Mrs Pat Salome appreciated MWAN Anambra State for the campaign to teach adolescents how to manage their menstruation hygienically, and encouraged the students to share the teachings they received and practice what they were taught.

 In her response, the Zonal Director of ASUBEB Nnewi Zone Mrs Pat Mgbenwelu noted that hygienic management of menstruation is critical for the wellbeing of every girl and young woman’s wellbeing.

 She thanked MWAN Anambra for organizing such a great event, and called on MWAN and other non-governmental organizations to donate changing rooms and other facilities that will ensure safer management of menstruation in school.

The President of MWAN Anambra called on the government and other relevant stakeholders to support young women and girls to manage their menstruation hygienically and in a dignified manner. 

"Safe sanitary products such as sanitary pads should be made easily affordable and accessible to menstruating girls and young women. Adequate WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) facilities and changing rooms should be provided in schools to enable girls manage maintain personal hygiene during menstruation.  Active  menstrual hygiene teaching should be fully integrated into primary and school curriculum, school health programme and preventive adolescent health programmes. She called on all forms of stigmatization and discrimination against women due to myths and taboos to stop," she stated.

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