Our Lady of Mercy Community Services (OLAM), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), operating in the Kassena-Nankana Municipality, in the Upper East Region, has presented items to Our Lady of Lourdes Girls’ Senior High School (OLL SHS), in Navrongo.
The items included 1,000 packets of menstrual pads, gallons of liquid soap, nose masks, cooking oil and soft drinks valued at GH¢10,000.
The donation is to benefit 1,000 female students of the school to help address their Sexual Reproductive Health needs and to prevent them from being infected with COVID-19.
The gesture formed part of OLAM’s outreach programme to educate female students on Sexual Health Reproductive issues, with resource persons from the Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ghana Health Service (GHS).
It was organised by OLAM with funding support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA -SENEGAL).
Mrs Florence Ernestina Bobi, a retired education director, advised female students against having sexual relationships with men.
She urged the students to avoid friends who might influence them to engage in premarital sex.
She said even though the growth in their bodies came with a strong sexual urges, it was proper for them to control such desires and remain disciplined until they were mature enough to be married.
A public health Nurse from the Kassena-Nankana Municipal Health Directorate, Mrs Matilda Yelbaya, called on parents to build cordial relationship with their children, particularly the female ones, so that they can discuss sexual reproductive issues with them.
She also urged parents to provide the needs of their teenage female children to prevent them from falling prey to unscrupulous men, who will capitalise on the provision of their needs and lure them into sexual relationships.
The Executive Director of OLAM, Emmanuel Atiiga, said the NGO has supported other second cycle schools in the municipality and educated female students on problems associated with teenage pregnancy.
He lamented that teenage pregnancy among young school girls was becoming alarming nationwide and there was the need for appropriate interventions to stop the canker.
FROM SAMUEL AKAPULE, NAVRONGO