In a bid to provide basic and necessary hygiene facilities for girls and female teachers, the Army School in Guwahati’s Narengi area installed a sanitary pad vending machine and insulator in the school premises. Free sanitary napkins will also be provided for 3 months.
As per the reports, the initiative was taken by a Guwahati resident Deepak Choudhary who aims to raise awareness about menstrual health and hygiene.
As quoted in a report of a local publication, Choudharry said, “Government should make it mandatory for to all schools and public places to create awareness for the use of sanitary napkins and also provide easy access to them by installing simple vending machines with replenishment programs in rural schools and colleges so that girls/women are habituated to use sanitary napkins for better health and hygience management.”
He also added that, “to solve the problem of sanitary napkin disposal, incinerators should be installed which will reduce the spread of infection caused by unhygienic disposal of sanitary napkins, reduce environmental pollution due to non- biodegradable sanitary napkins and reduce clogging of public drainage system due to the spongy nature of napkins.”