Menstruation is a natural process. However, in most parts of the world, it remains a taboo and is rarely talked about. About 52% of the female population is of reproductive age and most of them are menstruating every month. The majority of them have no access to clean and safe sanitary products, or to a clean and private space in which to change menstrual cloths or pads and to wash. The health problems due to poor hygiene during menstruation, the lack of facilities and appropriate sanitary products may push menstruating girls temporarily or sometimes permanently out of school, having a negative impact on their right to education.
Accordingly, Western Coalfields Limited has commenced a novel undertaking of sensitizing girl students about good Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) which will help in personal, educational and professional development of women and girls. Orange City Hospital & Research Institute joined hands with WCL- Umrer Area for this social responsibility wherein Dr. Bindu Marar, OCHRI Gynaecologist visited Guru Kul Ashram School Udasa & addressed the girl students.
The program as part of Swach Bharat Abhiyaan was organised by WCL Umrer area Heath division led by Dr. Jalaja Ramarao, Area Medical Officer In-charge & Secretary, Ujwala Mahila Mandal.
Dr. Bindu Marar highlighted that the continued silence around menstruation combined with limited access to information at home and in schools results in millions of women and girls having very little knowledge about what is happening to their bodies when they menstruate and how to deal with it.
Dr.Jalaja Ramarao added that many girls and women face challenges with managing their periods safely. Their problems are exacerbated by insufficient access to safe and private toilets and lack of clean water and soap for personal hygiene. As a result, menstruating girls and women often feel ashamed and embarrassed.
Smt.Usha Pratapan, President-Ujwala Mahila Mandal who as Chief Guest stated that such sensitization lectures on Good Menstrual Hygiene management(MHM) is necessary in each and every school.
Prominently present on this occasion were Shri V.G. Pratapan, Chief General Manager & Dr B.K. Mallik.
Programme was coordinated by Smt. Sudha Shende, Senior Personnel Manager, WCL & Shri. Hari Tillai, Personnel Manager, WCL Umrer Area. Vaibhav Aparajeet & Lento Xavier worked hard for this novel mission which was applauded by the girl students.