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Omidan Health Initiative calls for sanitary pad subsidy

Omidan Health Initiative calls for sanitary pad subsidy

…marks World Menstrual Hygiene Day

Omidan Health Initiative, a non-governmental organisation, has called on the federal government to subsidize sanitary pads so that every woman and girl can easily access menstrual hygiene materials.

Aderonke Olisa, founder of Omidan Health Initiative made the call during an outreach organised in Karsana Community, Abuja as part of activities to mark the 2024 World Menstrual Hygiene Day.

She called for the subsidisation of pads by the government which she says can be achieved through channeling of revenue generated from sugar tax and tobacco tax towards subsidizing the price of pads in the country.

Olisa stated that the support on the girl child through the enforcement of subsidy on sanitary pad will enable them retain their self-confidence during menstrual periods.

“We are calling on government to support the girl child, retain her self-confidence during and after menstrual periods,” she said.

“Menstruation is not a female issue, but a human rights issue. Hence, government, private institutions, CSOs and other stakeholders should prioritize menstrual health for girls and women through effective collaboration to end period poverty in Nigeria,” she added.

Speaking on the outreach initiative, she said it will help address the scourge of the period poverty in the community as participants at the event decried the high cost of pads, which resulted in them using rags, wrappers, cotton wool and tissue paper for menstruation.

These, according to her pose a great risk to their health and wellbeing.

She noted that the girls at the summit were educated on menstrual health, cycle and hygiene management tips among others.

Also, Glory Sebastian, a volunteer and public health expert, who was part of the team for the outreach, educated the girls on building healthy self-esteem to combat period shaming and stigmatisation.

The highlight of the event was the free distribution of NAFDAC certified reusable pads to about 50 girls and women, which can be used for up to a year.