Some Departments and Agencies of the Nigerian government have opened what they termed as pad banks for the use of female staffers as part of activities to commemorate the 2022 World Menstrual Health and Hygiene Day.
The move, according to the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, is to cater for emergencies at work.
Tallen made this known on Tuesday during a chat with the media, students and other stakeholders in Abuja.
Tallen also stated that the gesture is to create more awareness about menstrual hygiene, in line with the theme of the annual celebration.
The 2022 theme is “Making Menstruation a Normal fact of life by 2030.”
She said: “As the coordinating ministry and the National Secretariat for Menstrual Health and Hygiene Management, we have also made remarkable progress around menstrual health and hygiene management in Nigeria.
“It is worthy to mention that some ministries through advocacy, are unveiling their Pad Banks, to cater for cases of emergency within their work environment.”
According to her, the MDAs include ministries of foreign affairs, water resources, agriculture and rural development, interior, youth and sports development and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), among others.
The minister, therefore, encouraged others, especially those in the private sector, to emulate the gesture for the wellbeing and convenience of women and young girls.