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YOUNG girls have been encouraged to maintain a healthy living through personal hygiene and decent environment.

Former Anambra State House of Assembly aspirant and Director, Chisom Chude Foundation, Chisom Chude, who stated this during her Campaign for healthy living for young girls at Ado Girls Secondary School, Onitsha, said her primary objective was to encourage young girls on personal hygiene and restore decency among them.

Addressing the senior students of the school on Monday, Chude maintained that cleanliness starts in the morning when one has to keep his or her environment clean, brush, bath and ensure that all inner wears are clean.

The director, who discouraged the use of condom for the students, urged them to make use of pads instead of rags or tissues during menstruation. She stated that usage of rags could attract germs or infections.

She urged them to shun boyfriends and know the type of friends they keep, warning that they should know the type of gifts they accept from people.

Chude, who donated 500 packets of sanitary pads to the students said it would be a continuous exercise.

Responding to the gesture, the principal of the school, Mrs. Ngozi Asika, commended the director of the foundation for choosing Ado Girls for the campaign.

She commended Mrs. Jane Chude for the lecture titled “Drop Condom to Embrace Pad,” stressing that condom is one of the cheapest contraceptive. She said that she is amazed at how some people distribute condoms to young ones and wondered if that is not encouraging immorality.

Earlier, a health officer, Mrs. Jane Chude, the mother of Chisom Chude, in her lecture, urged the students to strive to live decent lives by maintaining personal hygiene. Her words: “Try and avoid bad companies and ensure that what you wear is clean and decent. Do away with condom and embrace pad. Report your experience to your mother or guiding counselor.”

Responding, some of the beneficiaries, Ruth Sunday, Nwagu Chinonso and Nwokedi Chinyere said they loved the programme, stressing that it helped them to know more on personal hygiene and avoid male friends.

They urged the government to make sanitarypads affordable to the poor by reducing the price.

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