By Gideon Ebbah, GNA
Diaso (C/R), June 11, GNA - Reverend Canon Paa Kwesi Gyandoh, the Parish Priest of the Good Shepherd Anglican Church at Jameso-Nkwanta in the Upper Denkyira West District, has called education stakeholders to create policy guidelines to aid menstrual hygiene management in schools.
He said the situation where young girls in schools found it difficult to get appropriate sanitary facilities during school hours to change and dress-up during menstruation periods kept most of them out of school.
Speaking at a durbar organized by the Diaso Area Programmes Office of World Vision Ghana (WVG) to discuss menstrual hygiene in the area, Reverend Gyandoh, said there is the need to get changing rooms for girls in basic and senior high schools.
The durbar, which was held in collaboration with the Upper Denkyira West District Directorates of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and Ghana Education Service (GES) at Diaso, was under the theme: “No More Limits - empowering women and girls through good menstrual hygiene”.
It provided the platform to discuss issues confronting the girl-child in their menstruation period both at home and at school.
Reverend Gyandoh urged traditional rulers, church leaders, school and local authorities, parents and families as well as development partners to support adolescent girls to get sanitary pads during their menstruation period.
Mr Irvine Aboagye, the Diaso Manager of WVG, called for active involvement of queens and women in leadership positions in local communities as well as the Ghana Health Service and GES to offer counselling services to adolescent girls during their menstrual periods.
He said menstruation is a natural process which should not prevent girls from going to school and called on the media to sensitize the public to do away with the myths and misconception of menstruation.
Mr Isaac Ayariga, the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) officer of the Diaso WVG, urged teachers and parents to educate their children on the proper handling of sanitary pads during menstruation periods.