SOMTEC Educates Women on Child Protection
By Oginyi Ruth
Group, Social Mobilization Technical Committee (SEMTECH) on UNICEF program in Ebonyi State on weekend, educated Ebonyi women on how to protect their children/ wards from sexual predators and pedophiles.
Speaking to the 2019 Women conference at Watchman Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement in Abakaliki, former Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Margaret Nworie of Child Protection Network, Ebonyi State, blamed child abuse on poor communication between parents and their children especially mothers.
She described as disgusting, mothers who send their girls on contract to other states for prostitution and in turn bring money to the family.
She said such an act is not just a sin against man but a sin against God and charged women to pray and bring their family together.
On her part, Dr. Onyinyechi Okah, of Alex Ekweueme Federal Teaching Hospital, took the women on menstrual hygiene, stating that improper menstrual hygiene can lead to infertility.
She warned against the use of medicated soap or disinfectants in washing menstrual products (such as clothes, and pants)
“If you don’t rinse the product very well, it will kill the normal bacteria that protect the vagina from harmful bacteria. If you are using a sanitary pad, change it every 6 hours, if you don’t, it can cause damage to the vagina.
She also advised mothers to guide their children on how to maintain good menstrual hygiene and to avoid risky behavior that can lead to infertility in the future.
Wife of the watchman church pastor, Mrs. Nkechinyere Ngwuoke called for more enlightenment on the women believing in the saying that whoever that trains a woman has trained a nation.
She emphasized that people fall into diverse temptation because of lack of knowledge and expressed hope that the women will take the message home and use it to train their girl child for a better future.
Mrs. Ngwoke noted that currently girl child Education is not valued in their part of the world but if parents are informed. they will be willing to train their girl child and such will give them more knowledge on child abuse and the effects and the person will refrain from it.