- Only 12% women in India use sanitary napkins while menstruating
- 62 % women in the country, still use a cloth to protect themselves during menstruation days
- 1.32 lakh new cases of cervical cancer are reported every year in India
Menstruation and the use of sanitary napkins is still a kind of a taboo in India. While women and adolescent girls living in the rural and the tribal areas of India still use cloth or other products to protect themselves during menstruation days.
In order to spread awareness about menstruation, an oncologist from Nashik, Maharashtra, has stepped forward. The doctors from the HCG Manavata Hosptial have decided to adopt around 1 lakh girls from Nashik district and to provide them free sanitary napkins. This campaign would be in an association with Mrs Piennal Wankhede, of Silver Edge Utopian, and few other NGOs.
While Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Oncologist, Dr Raj Nagarkar, said, “It’s our duty to give something to the society in return. The idea struck my head around a month ago. We worked out on it and decided to take this social cause forward. We will adopt 1 lakh girls from Nashik district at first. I have also spoken to Pankaja Munde, Women and Child Welfare Minister, for government’s help. Also, I have written a letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch this campaign.”
Dr Nagarkar further added, “Only 12% of women in the country use sanitary napkins. We all should work together to reach out to these poor and needy people. The word menstruation and sanitary napkins are still a taboo in thousands of households. The aim of our campaign is to reach out to the poor women and spread awareness about the use of sanitary napkins.”
Dr Nagarkar informed, “We are in touch with the local administration if Maharashtra government lends its support to us, then in near future, we shall adopt around 5 lakh more girls from Nashik municipal corporation and Zila Parishad.”