Soon: BMC hospitals to get sanitary napkin vending machines

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to install sanitary napkin vending machines and incinerators in the BMC-run hospitals, in the medical and dental college’s girl’s hostels and in the ladies common room. A proposal regarding the same has been approved by the health committee and has been sent to the BMC commissioner for approval

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  • As per the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) IV survey, 62% young women in the country in the age group 15 to 24 years use cloth for menstrual protection. Though, sanitary napkin every woman’s right. It is also vital for the hygiene point of view. Owing to which, the sanitary napkin vending machines will be installed in all the BMC-run hospitals.
  • Incinerator will also be installed to allow the disposal of the pads in a scientific way.
  • Also, vending machines and incinerators will be installed in the ladies common room and girl’s hostel of BMC-run medical and dental colleges.
  • After the women corporators demand, the health committee has accepted this proposal. The proposal will be implemented after the approval of the municipal commissioner.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Rohini Kamble, chairman, BMC health committee said, “From the prospective of women’s health, proposal for installing sanitary napkin vending machines in the BMC hospital toilets was put forth. But, the work of the installation of these machines has not begun. The health committee has sent the proposal to the municipal commissioner.”

Dr Saeeda Khan, NCP corporator had put forth this proposal to the standing committee for the first time. Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Khan said, “There is no facility to discard the sanitary napkins in the municipal hospitals. Women tend to flush the pads and napkins, which get stuck in the drainage pipe. Keeping women’s health in mind, a demand was raised to install sanitary napkin vending machines and incinerators in the BMC hospitals and its toilets.”