Adolescent girls can not inform their problem regarding their reproductive health due to the longstanding prejudice and secrecy. They generally use unhygienic cloths during their period which leads to several infectious diseases including cancer, speakers said.
They demanded inclusion of sex and reproductive health education in the syllabus. The made the observation while addressing a human chain in front of Jatiya Press Club yesterday marking the International Rural Women Day. Equitybd, a non-governmental body, organized the program.
Adolescent groups in Bangladesh are considered in Bangladesh as the most important segment for health care issues. Adoles-cent period is remarkably a sensitive period for boys and girls. The speakers said about one fourth of total population of Bangladesh is adolescents. The future of the country depends upon their effective education and skills. "Access to proper sexual and reproductive health services is a right of the youth. Unfortunately, adolescents feel it quite hard to discuss their psychological and physical changes due to lack of awareness.
Maintaining secrecy over sexual and reproductive health issues has become our culture. Many people think that, adolescents should not get much information about sexual and reproductive health and this is not an issue to openly discuss with them," they observed. "If girls can get proper sexual and reproductive health care in schools and workplaces, it will help them to protect them from various sexual diseases,” they concluded.