New Delhi: A total of 41.8 % of adolescent girls aged from 15-19 are using sanitary napkins in the country, a initiative that has been preventing a large number of females to avoid various types of health hazards related to menstrual hygiene, the parliament was informed on Tuesday.
The current number of adolescent girls using sanitary napkins have increased from 24.6 % to 41.8 %, said Ashwini Kumar Choubey , Union Minister of State for health, citing the data reported under DLHS-3.
Speaking about the Menstrual Hygiene Scheme of the Health Ministry, Choubey said there has been a rise in the awareness among adolescent girls on menstrual hygiene.
“There has been a improvement in access to and use of high quality sanitary napkins by adolescent girls primarily in rural areas. The programme has ensured safe disposal of sanitary napkins in an environmentally friendly manner,” Choubey said replying to the questions on issues pertaining to sanitary napkins in the Lok Sabha.
He said that under the programme there were provisions to fund ASHA workers to hold monthly meetings in Anganwadicentres or similar platforms with adolescents to discuss issues related to menstrual hygiene
“ASHAs across the country are trained and play a significant role in promotion of use and distribution of sanitary napkins. She receives an incentive @Rs 1 per pack sold and a free pack of napkins every month for her own personal use,” he said.
“A range of IEC material has been developed around maintenance of good menstrual health, using 360 degree approach to create awareness among adolescent girls about safe and hygienic menstrual health practices,” he said.