Sanitary napkin incinerators will be installed in all the public health centres and labour wards of government hospitals in the State, said V. K. Subburaj, Principal Secretary, Health.
Launching sanitary napkin vending machines and an incinerator at the Kilpauk Medical College (KMC) here on Tuesday, he said awareness of menstrual hygiene was very low among women in the State. There was an immediate need to sensitise them to the importance of safe disposal of sanitary napkins.
“Women are more prone to reproductive track diseases and nearly 50 per cent women in the country suffer from such diseases. Infections spread fast when there is lack of menstrual hygiene.”
The Health Department has been taking measures to implement a rigorous menstrual hygiene awareness campaigns in the State. “Improper disposal of napkins is a major environmental issue. Clogging of drains has led to fast spread of diseases.”
The three sanitary napkin Incinerators and a sanitary napkin vending machine, procured at the cost of Rs.2.25 lakh, will be installed at the labour ward, post-natal ward and post-Caesarean ward. Vending machines will dispense napkins for Rs.2. A similar dispenser and incinerator was introduced in Nurses' hostel at KMC in February.
Biometric attendance for classes will be introduced shortly, he said. With the Rs.35-crore infrastructural works at KMC hospital and college nearing completion, the college will increase its student strength from 100 to 150, he added.
On appointing medical superintendents in hospitals, Mr. Subburaj said the government decided to appoint two people of same cadre for hospital and college, to make sure the colleges get enough attention.
“We received complaints about some deans who concentrated on hospitals, neglecting college activities. This prompted us to appoint a dedicated superintendent for hospitals, ” he said.
KMC Dean V.Kanagasabai said a mammography unit would come up at the hospital. Office-bearers of KMC's students union were also installed at the function.
Fresh from the success of launching sanitary napkin vending machines in rural schools, Glo Life Care Equipments launched the vending machines in Chennai city to extensive media attention and coverage. Film actress Swarnamalya was the Chief Guest in the inauguration function.
Deccan Chronicle, a leading newspaper in India, DinaMalar, a leading Tamil language newspaper, and CNN-IBN, India's foremost private news channel did an exclusive coverage of the sanitary napkin vending machine, manufactured by Glo Life Care Equipments under its Glolife Reprovend SP-EM product series, installed in a rural Chennai school by UNICEF and the state government in order to promote menstrual hygiene among girl students
This is just the beginning of awareness of a remarkable vending revolution in the country. What the country needs is not just another vending machine, but one that is indispensable in everyday lives.
Glo Life Care Equipments is set to lead the country in this revolution with its low cost innovative vending machines and medical products that make life easier and safer.
The India chapter of UNICEF writes an article, titled "A Vending Machine Radicalises Girls’ Personal Hygiene Choices" on the sanitary napkin vending machine installed in colloboration with the state government.
"In a rural school at Nemeli, 30 kilometres from Chennai, the sanitary napkin vending machine installed by the state government and Unicef has broken the stigma surrounding women’s hygiene. The initiative is a part of the menstrual hygiene programme being implemented in all the schools in the state. The Amudha women’s self-help group running a tailoring unit in a nearby village, offered to provide the napkins at a subsidized cost of Rs 2. The schoolgirls who have been using the machine for around two months now say it has been very useful.
Devraj, Unicef programme officer for water and sanitation said most rural girls had no access to napkins and used cloth which could result in fungal infection, worm infestation and urinary infections. He said all this contributed to 90 per cent of adolescent girls being anaemic. "During one of the classes, a girl said her parents were willing to get her cosmetics but no sanitary napkins. We found in most schools that many parents neglected talking to their children about menstrual hygiene. Cultural taboos and superstitions have contributed to this. Also, the condition of toilets and water in most schools are horrible," he said.
The new machine which has been installed with help from the Cheema Foundation, of the TVS group also provides for an incinerator to dispose the soiled napkins hygienically. Dr Sujatha of the Cheema Foundation said that the women of the self-help group were trained to make the napkins in a professional manner. Shanta, of Akshaya self-help group said, "We have also started selling the napkins in villages for Rs 28 for a pack of eight in the villages and it is selling very well.
The demand for the pads have increased as students are happy with the quality. "We want to implement this in all schools in Krishnagiri district, where local authorities have shown great interest in the project. It will go a long way in keeping the girl child in school and improving their academic performance," Mr Devraj added."
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