General News of 2014-07-13

Institute guidelines for sanitary pad policy – NDC stalwart

A Senior Member of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Alhaji Abdallah Ahmed-Abdallah, has described government’s intention to supply girls with sanitary pads as a hospitable idea that require a national policy guideline.

He said though the matter has received several criticisms, especially from opposition parties and other institutions, a guideline is needed to support and sustain it.

Alhaji Ahmed-Abdallah, who is a former NDC Regional Chairman in Brong Ahafo, said urinal tract infections were rife among adolescent girls because they could not manage themselves well during menstruation.

He observed that in many of the deprived communities, many parents could not afford to provide their daughters with basic adolescent needs, regretting that such girls had no other option than to manage old and tattered panties, underwear, brassier and unsanitary rags.

Alhaji Ahmed-Abdallah, Managing Director of PMC African Limited, an Accra-based construction firm, explained that adolescent girls developed and went through many characteristics, noting that if they are unable to meet their basic needs during the time of the month, it affects them psychologically.

He was upset that instead of Ghanaians to sit up and critically analyse certain policies that would help alleviate the plight of the majority of citizens, many rather looked into such policies with political lenses.

Popularly known as “Alhaji PMC,” the former NDC regional chairman advised the government to avoid its detractors and endeavour to fulfil, if not all, majority of the policies listed in the party’s manifesto to leave a legacy that would push the electorate to renew the party’s mandate in the 2016 general election.