Adolescent girls have been advised to cultivate the habit of changing their sanitary pads frequently during menstruation to protect them from infections.
Madam Vivian Asirifi, the Deputy Director of Health Services of Kwadaso Municipal Health Directorate, who gave the advice, said keeping sanitary pads for long hours could cause various infections, especially candidiasis.
“I am appealing to you all to change your sanitary pads every four to five hours, depending on your blood flow so that you don’t soil yourself and make it a point to bath at least twice a day,” she advised.
Madam Asirifi gave the advice at an event organised by the Health Directorate to commemorate World Menstruation Hygiene Day attended by female students drawn from various schools within the municipality.
It was aimed at highlighting the importance of menstrual care and raising awareness about the social issues faced by adolescent girls during menstruation and those who do not have access to sanitary products.
The programme was organised in collaboration with the Municipal Education Directorate.
Madam Asirifi entreated the girls to desist from inserting their fingers into their vaginas, saying that such practices could leave them with infections.
They should also avoid premarital sex in order not to derail their academic aspirations.
Ms Mina Gyamfi, a Public Health Nurse, cautioned against the practice of resorting to herbal medication for abdominal pains, saying that it could cause infertility.
She advised them to pay attention to their personal hygiene and also ensure proper disposal of used sanitary pads.
“Eat more fruits and vegetables, and also drink a lot of water during menstruation to regain your strength,” she counselled them.
Madam Grace Ofosu Boateng, Municipal Education Director, appealed to parents and guardians to endeavour to provide the needs of adolescent girls to prevent the temptation of them seeking help elsewhere.
She said irresponsible parenting was accounting for teenage pregnancy in many communities and admonished parents not to shirk their responsibilities towards their wards.