Madam Albertina Alipui

Madam Albertina Alipui, Acting Finance, and Administration Manager, Volta Educational Renaissance Foundation (VEReF), a Non-Governmental Organization has advised parents to support their adolescents to develop an interest in effective personal hygiene practices.

She said some adolescents with disabilities found it difficult to practice personal hygiene and that posed a great danger to their health, therefore, parents needed to support them to develop an effective personal hygiene routine to promote health.

Madam Alipui was speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) during a day’s sensitization workshop for adolescents with disabilities on personal hygiene at Peki in the South Dayi District of the Volta Region.

She said during the adolescence stage, adolescents experienced several changes in their bodies, which had to be properly dealt with to promote their physical and psychological wellbeing.

Madam Alipui said the training, therefore, aimed at equipping the adolescents with the requisite knowledge regarding personal hygiene and the need for them to undertake it regularly to prevent infections and maintain healthy bodies.

Madam Dziedzorm Charlotte Keh, Midwife at the Peki Government Hospital and a facilitator at the training said personal hygiene helped adolescents develop high self-esteem, thus, the need to inculcate it into them.

She said some adolescents were exposed to some infections and diseases during their adolescence period as a result of lack of knowledge on personal hygiene and the need to practice it regularly.

Madam Keh urged them to visit health facilities whenever they were faced with any health issue for quick and effective help.

The participants were also sensitized on their reproductive health rights, why to safeguard them, and report people who abused them.

The training was in collaboration with the Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights (ARHR) with funding from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Canadian government.

It is part of ARHR and UNFPA’s five-year project, being implemented in five districts – Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abirem in the central, Bosome-Freho in Ashanti, South Dayi in Volta, Nzema East in Western and Ashiedu-Keteke sub-district in the Greater Accra region in the country.

The project is dubbed: “Empowering Adolescent Girls through Improved Access to Reproduction Health Information and Services and quality gender Responsive Services.”

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