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By Murna Panya 

The Ministry of Water Resources in collaboration with partners in the WASH SECTOR marks the year 2024 World Menstrual Hygiene Day with the Theme: "Together for a Period Friendly World" was celebrated today at Government Girl's Secondary School Yola. 

The activities centered around Menstruation because menstruation is still a subject  slew of societal, cultural and religious constraints,  which pose a significant impediment to proper Menstrual Hygiene management. Girls particularly in rural areas/ ID camps etc, are unprepared and unaware of Menstruation,  leading to several problems at home, in schools and in an office.

How ever, Adolescent girls are particularly a vulnerable population, especially in India,  where the needs of female children have a historof ignorance. Women's voices are ignored in households, communities, and development due to discriminating rights towards women of our communities.Hence the theme for this year's celebration.

In his opening remarks the representative of the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Water Resources,  Mr Emmanuel Abana, spoke on the need for men and boys to support women and girls to manage Menstruation effectively. Also, speaking at the event was the Permanent Secretary Ministry for Women Affairs and Social Development,  Haj Zainab Umar Adamu emphasised on the importance of proper Hygiene during and after Menstruation. 

In his closing remark,  the Adamawa State  WASH Sector Coordinator,  Umar Sajoh, thanked all the WASH Partners for their contributions towards the success of the event and their massive support in the State. 

Highlights of the event incudes; distribution of Hygiene items such as soap and sanitary pads to the female students, and different drama presentations from the students of both GGSS Yola and GDSS Gwadabawa Yola. 

 Also present at the event was the Project Manager,  Small Town, Eng Suleiman Shuaibu, the Acting General Manager Adamawa State Water Board,  Haj Aisha Jika and Directors from the Ministry.

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