Wa – The Pentecostal Wa Region Women’s Ministry donated sanitary pads to at least 100 young girls in Wa, Upper West Region.
The gesture, which was in line with International Day of the Girl, also served as a platform for women to interact with girls to discuss reproductive health and menstrual cycle issues with them.
Girls were urged to practice good personal hygiene during their menstrual period and to avoid sex to help reduce teenage pregnancies in the area.
Mrs Abigail Naa Densua Tackie, wife of the regional head of the Church of Wa, speaking to the girls and their parents at a meeting this weekend, advised the young girls to avoid sex with men.
She advised the girls to pay more attention to their education in order to achieve their ambitions in the future.
Ms. Tackie assured the girls of the church’s availability to support them physically and emotionally, and called on parents to play their part in strengthening communication with their children about personal hygiene and reproductive health.
“Parents should spend time with their teenage daughters and discuss issues with them so that they do not fall victim to dishonest men, who will lure them into sex,” she said.
Ms. Hamida Dawuda, a midwife at Wa Municipal Hospital, educated the girls on reproductive health issues such as the menstrual cycle and menstrual hygiene. She also made them aware of the hormonal and physical changes that occur when girls start to have their period.
“Menstruation is a normal thing that every young teenager would experience, so don’t hesitate to talk to your parents about issues with your menstrual cycle,” Ms. Dawuda said.
She advised the girls to drink more water during menstruation and to “eat lots of healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables, as well as foods high in protein, such as fish and meat so that the body finds the blood it had shed “.
The women also presented copies of the Bible and books to the girls.