Mr Phillips Atsu Larnyo, the President of the Old Vandals Association, Volta Chapter, has appealed to the Government to remove all taxes on menstrual hygiene products.
He told the Ghana News Agency that tax on sanitary products had been unhelpful to the girl-child though it brought some marginal income to the Government.
Mr Larnyo said this when the Association donated 144 boxes of sanitary pads to some students in the Ho Municipality, and the North and South Tongu Districts as part of activities to mark the World Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28.
He said the girls in the hinterland suffered most during their menstrual periods and it was difficult for most to go to school as they were scared of staining their uniform and becoming a laughing stock.
He said financial constraints prevented the girls from buying the sanitary pads and, therefore, had to stay home to use unhygienic materials, hence losing contact hours at school.
Mr James Lebene, a member of the Association, said: “This tax needs to be scrapped. I wonder how much the government makes from it that it cannot be scrapped,” he said.
He said the Government needed to put in measures to make the World Menstrual Day worth celebrating.
Currently, in Ghana, disposable sanitary pads attracted an import tax of 20 per cent and a value-added tax of 12.5 per cent.
World Menstrual Hygiene Day
This year’s World Menstrual Hygiene Day was on the theme: “We Are Committed to Creating a Ghana Where Every Girl and Woman has Access to Period-Friendly Facilities”
The Volta Chapter of the Old Vandals Association is a group of past students of the University of Ghana Commonwealth Hall who hail from the Volta Region.