Trans-Nzoia County first lady launches distribution of sanitary towels to schools

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Trans Nzoia county first lady.

Trans-Nzoia first lady Lydia Khaemba has launched the distribution of
sanitary towels to schools within the county.

While launching the program, the first lady said it will help reduce
absenteeism, stigmatization, and teenage pregnancies.

She was speaking at Endebess during World menstrual hygiene day where
she distributed the first 500 sanitary towels to five primary schools
with more than 500 girls.

“This program will continue for the whole week where we shall
distribute sanitary towels to all schools across the county,” she
said.

The first lady said her office is working with partners to ensure
vulnerable girls access sanitary towels.

Some of the partners are UNICEF, Ministry of education, county
department of public health, county department of water, county
department of public work and rotary doctors.

 She promised to ask for support from the county government to set
aside funds in the annual budget to sustain the program.

She encouraged fathers to also participate in this programme by
monitoring their daughters from an early stage so as to prepare them
for their menses.

The county first ladyasked boys to support girls during their menses.

Speaking in the same event, the county executive committee member for
health Claire Wanyama said 63 schools have been given reusable
sanitary pads.

“In those schools the county government in partnership with UNICEF has
established private rooms for the girls to maintain their cleanliness
during their menses,” the CEC noted.

The CEC said that the distribution of sanitary towels to the 63
schools have reduced absenteeism by 11%.

She said the department of health has mapped out four areas of focus
to address the challenges with menstrual hygiene management in the
county.

The areas under consideration are provision of proper education,
provision of   drugs to manage menstrual pains and proper sanitation,
maintenance of cleanliness and hygiene.

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