More than 1,600 girls in basic school within four selected districts in the Central Region have benefitted from the free sanitary pad project being carried out by Mrs Justina Marigold Assan, the Regional Minister.
“The one-student two-pads project” formed part of efforts by the Minister to help reduce the high incidence of teen pregnancies in the Region.
It was also to aid the management of the students’ menstrual cycle to have clean and healthy periods.
Beneficiary districts were Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese (AAK), Mfantseman, Ekumfi, Gomoa Potsin and Awutu-Senya.
Mrs Assan said the rate of the canker in the region could not be downplayed, hence, the need to take stringent measures to curb it.
She advised the girls to report men who made advances at them to their parents or teachers for the necessary action to be taken.
“Report persons who touch unusual parts of your body to your teachers, parents or the police,” she said.
She encouraged them to help change the narrative of the region as being the third in the country in terms of teenage pregnancy.
Mrs Assan charged the girls not to kowtow to any intimidation from their male colleagues but take charge of their bodies and ensure their full participation in school activities.
“Don’t be intimidated by any male, work harder to attain greater heights” she added.
At Abura Dunkwa, Mrs Justine K. Appaw, the District Director of Education, AAK, schooled the girls on basic personal hygiene and urged them to always keep themselves clean before, during and after menstruation.
She advised the girls not to allow themselves to be deceived by men for their selfish reasons but be vigilant at all times.
“Avoid premarital sex as a teenager and focus on your education,” she said, and urged them to take their education seriously to contribute their quota to national development.