Chandigarh, February 28: Today, Department of Environment, Chandigarh Administration, Trinity Hospital & Medical Research Institute and Yuvsatta-NGO organized a workshop for girl students on issues of School ‘Menstrual Hygiene & Sanitary Pads Safe Disposal’, at Government Girls Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 18C, Chandigarh. In which Sh. Debendra Dalai, CCF cum Director, Department of Environment was the Chief Guest.

And prominent speakers included Dr. Kamla Kaushal, Director, Trinity Hospital & Medical Research Institute, Ms. Ishita, Project Officer, Swacch Bharat Abhiyan, Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh, Pramod Sharma, Coordinator, Yuvsatta-NGO and Aruna Bhardwaj, educationist.

The main highlight of the day was the contribution of 7500 sanitary pads for over 1600 senior girl students of the School by two teenage sisters Deeksha and Malavika Khaitan. Sharing her concerns Deeksha said that they had saved some money out of their pocket money and they were thinking of putting this money to a useful purpose. And when they learned of this workshop on menstrual hygiene, they thought this is the best way to help other girls, thus supporting girl power.

Address the gathering Sh. Debendra Dalai shared that in today’s world, take any field, girls are no less than boys. And it’s high time to instill and inculcate that self-confidence among all girls.

Dr. Kamla Kaushal said that our objective is to ensure that the education of girls is not disrupted because of the monthly period and she joined persistently concerned about better healthcare for marginalized girls. She added that menstrual health in India is still largely governed by taboos and a lack of information. It needs to be addressed through more and more such social and behavioral change programs. Dr. Kamla Kaushal also donated separate used sanitary pads disposal bins and multivitamins for all girls of the School.

Mrs. Raj Bala, Principal was of the view that there is little knowledge about the health consequences of using unhygienic methods for menstrual management. There is a greater need for better information on many fronts.

Ms. Ishita shared safe disposal of sanitary pads is also as important as its regular use. All the girls and women should dispose-off used sanitary pads separately in the black colour domestic hazardous waste bins of Municipal waste vehicles. It should never be mixed with other dry and wet waste.

Summing up the whole initiative Pramod Sharma stressed that menstrual health should be seen as a part of public health and not a women’s issue, that needs to change.

The programme ended with distribution of masks, sanitizers and light refreshments for all participating girls.