Wife of Kebbi state Governor Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu, has advocated for inclusion of menstrual hygiene in health education curriculum across the country.
According to a statement made available to Blueprint by the Special Adviser on Media to Kebbi state Governor Yahaya Sarki, Dr. Zainab, who is also a champion and an advocate of the girl child, stated this when she participated in an international Webinar, on the topic; ‘‘Implementing Policies around Menstrual Health Education in Nigeria,” to mark the 2020 World Menstrual Hygiene Day.
According to the statement, the day which was marked in Kebbi with a Webinar and Hygiene Program for girls in Alwasa and Bunza towns, on 28th May,2020 were anchored and monitored by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Women Affairs, Hajiya Aisha Muhammed Maikurata and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Women Development, Hajiya Zara’u Wali highlighted importance of good Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM).
The statement added that Dr. Bagudu also shared some effective approaches used to reach girls in Kebbi state, and experiences on advocacies made to break the stigma and demystify the culture of silence on menstrual hygiene that can benefit other women and girls in Nigeria.
She said in order to tackle the issue in the state, health clubs in female secondary schools were created where advocacy was being driven.
The discourse was initiated by Ms. Nasa Onukegbe, CEO of Prime Diamond Initiative for Community Health (PDICH), a UK based organization.
Meanwhile, the Kebbi state government has also partnered with Procter & Gamble in the Always Keeping Girls in School, which creates awareness on menstrual hygiene and distributed sanitary pads to school girls, encouraging them to continue their education.