Menstrual Hygiene Day – “Its Time for Action” – Mrs. Bora Thakkar called …
As international community marks Menstrual Hygiene Day, governments have been urged to ensure steady water supply in homes, schools and other public places.
The Day which raises awareness on issues of menstruation, also draws the attention of governments, decision makers, administrators, the media and other stakeholders towards developing better menstrual hygiene management programmes and policies.
Speaking on the theme of this year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day which is “Menstrual Hygiene Management; Its Time for Action”, the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, WASH Manager, United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF,Enugu field office, Mrs. Mamita Bora Thakkar, called for improved access to sanitation ,water and hygiene by women and girls.
Mrs. Bora Thakkar noted that menstrual hygiene was fundamental to the dignity and wellbeing of women and girls and an important aspect of basic hygiene, sanitation and reproductive health.
The UNICEF WASH Manager regretted that only sixteen percent of schools in Nigeria have basic water and sanitation facilities, noting that girls are vulnerable to leaving school when toilets are not available or not functional. She stressed the need for schools to have adequate water supply