The UHAS Chapter of the Lady Students Pharmacists Association of Ghana (LASPAG) visited students of Sokode Senior Technical School (Sostech) on August 25, as part of their project dubbed “Zero Stain”, an annual outreach programme that seeks to promote menstrual hygiene among teenage girls.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr. Thelma M.A. Aku ((left in frame), the patron of the group, explained to the girls that menstruation is a normal phenomenon among females and nothing to be ashamed of. She urged them to be mindful of their health and took them through what to expect and do during their menstrual cycle. She also advised them to abstain from teenage pregnancy as it could take a toll on their lives and well-being. “There’s a time for childbearing and a time to achieve plans for your life,” she cautioned.
She noted that a well-planned reproductive life allows one to jump life’s hurdle one challenge at a time but failing to plan and plunge head-on into reproduction can have adverse effects on one’s life, especially a teenager’s.
Dr. Naana Aboagye Asare (bottom left), a Pharmacist and HR expert, took the girls through career guidance and advised them not to limit themselves to one path in choosing a career. “The career path is not a straight path. Most of the time, the path is very narrow. Research the career you are interested in and there could be endless opportunities in that field
She noted that researching into the field allows one to get all questions answered. “Getting that understanding makes it easier to either continue or discontinue the pursuit of that interest.” She also told them to look for successful mentors in their fields of interest to help guide them. “You can also use parts of your vacation for practical attachment to understudy your interests,” she added.
Mr. Samuel J. K. Kosiya (right), Assistant Headmaster in charge of Administration at Sostech, lauded the organizers of the programme for their efforts in helping to groom the girls.