The Rotary Club of Accra-Labone with the support of its Rotary family partners, donated a package of female hygiene supplies (100 boxes of sanitary towels and 60 packets of sanitary pad), face masks and clothing to Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital and Cape Coast School for the Deaf and Blind. The Rotarians also gave male students at the Deaf and Blind school shaving kits and underwear.

The President of the Rotary Club of Accra-Labone Mr. Emmanuel Anum Mensah explained that the club mobilized the support from sister chapters to make the support bigger in size and impact. Supporting partners included Rotary Club of Accra-Airport, Rotary Club of Accra-Ridge, Rotary Club of Winneba, Rotary Club of Cape Coast Central and Rotary and the Rotract Clubs of Accra-Labone.

Mr. Mensah noted that the project was conceived five years ago and was premised on the understanding that mental health and its stresses and challenges required a level of support that went beyond what government could reasonably provide. Patang and Accra Psychiatric Hospitals had already benefited from the project in previous years, Mr. Anum added. At Cape Coast School for the Deaf and Blind, Mr. Mensah noted that hygiene habits and behaviours were crucial for all and especially for adolescents with special needs. He pledged the club’s continuous support for students at the school.

A former President of Rotary Club of Accra-Labone Dr. Naana Agyemang-Mensah advised girls to adopt healthy menstrual health attitudes to prevent infections. Dr. Agyeman-Mensah also advised males put a stop to teasing girls who have accidents during their periods. The role of women in procreation and menstruation should not be a source of stress and embarrassment for women, and girls’ menstruation was not evil, Dr. Agyeman-Mensah stressed.

Ms. Catherine Quarshie, Administrator of Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital, received the package on behalf of the hospital while Mr. Abraham Annang Yemoson, Headmaster of the Cape Coast School of the Deaf and Blind, received the package for school. Both leaders thanked the Rotarians for the assistance and assured the clubs that the resources provided would be applied towards the direct benefit of patients. Ms. Quarshie explained that sanitary hygiene of mentally ill women and girls was a critical aspect of their wellbeing, and noted that the support would be crucial in helping to manage patients.