By Chuks Oyema-Aziken
The Environmental Health Officer’s Registration Council of Nigeria and Grassroots Environmental Health Initiative, a non-governmental organization has conducted an awareness campaign on menstrual hygiene management and other components of sanitation in some schools in the Federal Capital Territory.
The campaign was part of activities to commemorate 2018 Global Menstrual Hygiene Day, with the theme, ‘No More Limit’.
The campaign was supported by the Department of Pollution Control and Environmental Health, Federal Ministry of Environment.
Speaking at the event, Registrar/ Chief Executive Officer, Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON), Sanitarian Dominic Abonyi attributed some cases of mental retardation and infertility to inadequate menstrual hygiene.
He noted that good menstrual hygiene management has two broad implications such as personal hygiene and environmental sanitation.
He said that a German non-governmental organisation, De-wash United had in 2014 initiated the idea of World Menstrual Hygiene Day to raise awareness especially on the need for good menstrual hygiene management.
Abonyi stressed need to evolve scientifically clean methods of handling menstruation.
“They may not classically be called plastics but they belong to the class of recalcitrant materials that refused to leave the environment”.
Also speaking, the Director, Department of Pollution Control and Environmental Health, Ministry of Environment, Mr. Charles Ikeah called for more information at home and in schools to help millions of know more about menstrual hygiene management.
He noted that menstrual hygiene management is fundamental to protecting the environment as it would prevent the indiscriminate disposal of menstrual wastes, reduce environmental pollution and degradation associated with the waste as well as prevent its attendant effect on health and national economy.