Menstrual hygiene: Mumbai docs distribute free sanitary pads to rural women

There is little awareness about menstrual hygiene and sanitary pads in the rural areas. In order address this doctors distributed sanitary napkins free of cost to rural women on Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s death anniversary. Doctors chose this day as a number of women from rural areas visit Mumbai to pay tribute to Dr Ambedkar

Menstrual hygiene: Mumbai docs distribute free sanitary pads to rural women

Women in the remote rural areas generally don’t speak on the subject of menstruation. They aren’t aware about menstrual hygiene and the use of sanitary pads. Women living in villages still use old sarees, towels and napkins while menstruating.

Hence, in order to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene, doctors from Mumbai distributed free sanitary pad to women who had come to Mumbai to pay tribute to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.

In India, only 15 per cent of women use sanitary napkins during menstruation. Large percentages of women still use traditional measures. Use of a single cloth repeatedly, is a main cause of cervical cancer. Presently, in India there are 26 per cent of women who are suffering from cervical cancer.
Menstrual hygiene: Mumbai docs distribute free sanitary pads to rural women

To create awareness about menstruation and hygiene, JJ hospital medical officer Dr Revat Kaninde and Dr Akash Waghare launched a campaign on 4th of December.

In tandem with this campaign, Dr Ambedkar Medicos Association, medical students of JJ group of hospital Amrapali Ghade, Vaishali Bhalerao and Aditya Tambe, distributed free sanitary napkins to 400 to 500 women in Dadar, Chaityabhoomi and Shivaji Park area from 4th to 6th December.

Menstrual hygiene: Mumbai docs distribute free sanitary pads to rural women

While speaking to My Medical Mantra Dr Revat Kaninde said, “Only 15 per cent of the total population of India uses sanitary pads during menstruation. Women need special care during such days. But there is lack of awareness among women in this regard. There are some villages in Maharashtra where the sanitary pads are not yet reached.”

Dr Kaninde said that “Sanitary pads should be provided for free, we are trying to do what we can do.”

While educated women in India have started campaigns like ‘Happy to Bleed’ there are still big percentages of poor women in the country who are unaware about sanitary napkins. Thus, free sanitary pads were distributed among women to create awareness about hygiene during menstrual cycle, Dr Akash Gaikwad said.