Menstrual Hygiene Day: Rajasthan government allocates Rs 200 crore to free medicine scheme
The Rajasthan government has set out Rs 200 crore for the Free Medicine Scheme, which would be used to purchase feminine hygiene goods as well. This Menstrual Hygiene Day, which is marked across the world on May 28, it is more vital than ever to emphasise the need of investing in teenage health and well-being, as well as to break down taboos around menstruation.
Menstrual health in India has been negatively impacted by COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, which have cut off access to free sanitary napkins and important information to assist adolescent girls cope with and better manage their periods.“The Rajasthan government's allocation of about Rs 200 crore to the Free Medicine Scheme, with a firm emphasis on the dispensation of free sanitary napkins, expansion of distribution through health and medical facilities as well as sensitization dri,” Ms Divya Santhanam, Senior State Program Manager for Population Foundation of India in Rajasthan, said.Menstrual hygiene is a faraway dream in many parts of rural Rajasthan due to the expensive cost of sanitary goods, the lack of closeness to pharmacies, and ill-equipped health centres.
Menstrual health has a significant impact on the lives of young girls. Providing them with accurate knowledge about menstruation from their parents or school before their first period fosters healthy practises and dispels stigma and concerns. However, due to the digital divide in rural India, girls' education has been disrupted, particularly when it comes to critical knowledge regarding menstrual health.