37m Nigerian girls lack access to menstrual hygiene | Dailytrust

37m Nigerian girls lack access to menstrual hygiene

FILE PHOTO: Cross session of students across  FCT at the close-up event on Menstrual hygiene in Abuja
FILE PHOTO: Cross session of students across FCT at the close-up event on Menstrual hygiene in Abuja

A non-governmental organisation, Plan International, says over 37 million Nigerian girls and women lack access to menstrual hygiene products owing to high costs.

Charles Usie, Country Director, Plan International Nigeria, said this in Abuja at a stakeholders’ dialogue to commemorate 2022 Menstrual Hygiene Day.

The theme of the event was ‘Menstruation Matters: My Period, My Pride.’

Usie called for the provision of free sanitary pads for adolescent girls for better menstrual management.

“At some point in our history, we advocated for the eradication of HIV/AIDS, and one of the things we did was to advocate for free condoms. Menstrual health is also a global issue.

“Let us also raise our voices so that it will get to a point where sanitary pads will become free for young girls,” he said.

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