Assam: First-of-its-kind Menstrual Hygiene Room constructed in Silchar School
GUWAHATI: A menstrual hygiene room has been constructed at the Government Girls HS and Multi-Purpose school in Silchar, a first-of-its-kind facility in Assam. Students from classes 6 to 12 are enrolled in the school.
The hygiene room has been constructed adjacent to the common room for students. This room has a sanitary napkin vending machine. Each pad costs five rupees and is available for purchase, said an official of Rotary Club of Greater Silchar, which sponsored the project. The official said that the room also has a bed that can be used by the girls in time of sickness.
Parimal Suklabaidya, State Minister of Forests inaugurated the menstrual hygiene room on Monday. He said that the menstrual periods for female students is often difficult and may cause them to miss classes. This initiative will help keep them in school even during this period.
Most times, the unavailability of sanitary pads, inadequate sanitation and absence of separate toilets for girls in school are just some of the reasons that cause a huge impact on girls attendance in school and it also one of the major reasons for girls dropping out of school.
S. Lakshmanan, Deputy Commissioner (Cachar) said that improved sanitation facilities along with adequate hygiene services can improve girls’ attendance in school and also asked the inspector of schools to identify other educational institutions in the district where similar services can be provided.