In spite of the harsh economic realities facing most Nigerians especially rural women and girls, Nollywood Diva Tonto Dikeh has admonished her female fans to take their menstrual health seriously, saying poverty is not an excuse to be dirty during menses.
The controversial actress spoke at an awareness campaign by Miss Health pageant group in collaboration with Tonto Dikeh Foundation which held at the Anglican Girls Grammar School, Abuja.
According to Tonto Dikeh a.k.a King Tonto, lack of money shouldn’t be an obstacle to healthy living as far as is concerned.
She said, “I am a woman. I bleed every month and I am super proud of it. I don’t know why you should be ashamed of something so amazing. “But, menstruation on its own can cause diseases, if not handled well. A lot of girls, because of excessive cost, cannot afford sanitary towels.
“However, poverty shouldn’t be an obstacle to healthy living when a lady is having her menses. While sanitary towels may be expensive for many, there are washable and reusable towels that even those in the rural areas can use effectively.
“Habits like regular baths and proper disposal of menstrual waste is something anyone can do with little or no money because periods can be more dangerous if not properly taken care of.”
The screen goddess also advised men and boys to understand that though menses may not appeal to them, it is not enough reason to profile and shame female folks during their periods.