Paradip, May 15 (LocalWire): In an attempt to improve menstrual hygiene among girl students, a sanitary pad vending machine and an incinerator were installed at Sanjay Gandhi High School in Paradip port today.
Among the 7193 government and non-government high schools in the state this is the first school where these machines have been installed as part of India’s total sanitation campaign and to promote menstrual hygiene management.
The state government supplies free sanitary napkins to tens of thousands of girls in government and government-aided schools from Class VI to XII under the scheme Khushi.
Disposing of used sanitary napkins still poses a problem as toilets often get clogged because women try to flush used napkins down the drain.
Schools girls often absent themselves during these days and this leads to their poor performance and increased dropout. Both lady teachers and school-going girls face a lot of trouble due to the problem of disposal of napkins.
Ambikai Gana Parishad, an NGO, in association with Stree Sanman, a leading sanitary pad vending machine and incinerator manufacturer installed sanitary pad vending machines and incinerator at Sanjay Gandhi High School.
President of Paradip Ladies Club Subhalaxmi Roy inaugurated it in the presence of vice chairman of Paradip Municipality Pravati Nayak, medical officer of Biju Memorial Hospital Basant Rout, and other women leader Smita Sahu and Haramani Mohapatra.