Mumbai: Sanitary pad vending machines in MBMC schools

Bhayandar: To ensure hygienic practices and bring little more comfort for teenage girl students, as well as to prevent infections, the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) will soon install sanitary napkin dispensing machines in all its schools which is likely to bring down absenteeism during menstrual periods.

The installation of sanitary napkin vending machines will benefit more than 750 girl students studying in 35 civic-operated schools in the twin-city. Presently sanitary napkins are provided free of cost. However, a large section of girls tend to shy away and hesitate from approaching the school administration.

The MBMC as a part of the pilot project will initially install the machines in the washrooms of its two schools, head office and both the civic-run hospitals. If successful, civic chief Dr Naresh Gite in an attempt to extend the facilities at nominal rates to other female citizens, plans to implement the facility at public toilets, municipal gardens and other private educational institutions (on request ) in the twin-city at a build-operate-transfer basis.

“It is a great initiative. While it will be an effective and convenient mode for any-time access to sanitary napkins, the administration should also consider setting up waste incinerators as well for proper disposal of sanitary napkins,” said BJP corporator Dipika Arora.

The waste-destroying machine turns the sanitary pad into ashes, which can be disposed off into the dustbin. At public toilets the MBMC plans to install machines which will function like ATM’s which will dispense sanitary napkins just with a swipe of a smart card which will be made available to the attendants.

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