IT is vital that Health Education programmes be encouraged and intensify in schools and for care givers. This will assist children with their transition from childhood to adulthood.
Lady Julia Osei-Tutu, the wife of the Asantehene, made this call at the launch of “Abrefi’s Red Letter Day” a new book from the stables of Adwinsa publications Ghana Limited, at the Miklin Hotel in Kumasi.
The book narrates and illustrates the natural phenomenon f girls’ first menstrual experience, which comes with feelings of anxiety.
Lady Julia expressed concern that traditional societies regarded topics such as menstruation, sexual maturation as taboos and often discourage open discussion on these issues.
This often leads to a lot of mental stress and most girls seek health advice from persons who do not have the adequate knowledge on the subject.
She congratulated the ladies who contributed their stories, the consultant and Adwinsa Publications for the publication of the very insightful and reader friendly book.
She recommended that the book should be stocked in our homes, schools and libraries to enable it be readily accessible to all.
Other speakers included Mrs. Aba Brew Hammond, a Senior Lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and Mrs. Emma Amoateng Mensah, the Regional Girls’ Education Officer, Ashanti Region.
Speaking on the theme “Girl-Child Education: Removing Every Barrier”, the guest speaker, Mrs. Emma Amoateng Mensah said, there were so many issues that affected girls and continued to keep them from attending school. She mentioned especially, lack of parental support.
She therefore advised parents to take keen interest in their girl-child and their reproductive health issues, in order not to affect their educational progression.
Adwinsa Publications Ltd., a leading Publishing house in Ghana and publisher of the book, donated some books to the Otumfuo Charity Foundation.