San­i­tary pad record in In­dia to pro­mote men­strual hy­giene

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - INTERNATIONAL -

NEW DELHI, (AFP) - Par­tic­i­pants at a med­i­cal congress in In­dia have set a new Guin­ness World Record for the long­est line of san­i­tary pads, in a move aimed at pro­mot­ing men­strual hy­giene.

Five hun­dred peo­ple at the 62nd All In­dia Congress of Ob­stet­rics and Gy­nae­col­ogy (AICOG) took seven and a half hours to lay out 10,105 san­i­tary pads in a line 1,078 me­tres (3,537 feet) long.

The feat in the south­ern In­dian city of Ban­ga­lore, ver­i­fied by Guin­ness World Record of­fi­cials, also in­cluded the shape of a uterus un­der the slo­gan “Noth­ing's more cuterus than your uterus”.

“San­i­tary pads are re­quired for ev­ery woman for her hy­giene. Hy­giene is so im­por­tant oth­er­wise they will have lot of pelvic in­fec­tions, uri­nary in­fec­tions and all those prob­lems are there,” gy­nae­col­o­gist Geeta Pramod Shanbhag told AFP.

Ac­cord­ing to a Na­tional Fam­ily Health Sur­vey (NFHS) re­port pub­lished in 2017, only 58 per­cent of women in In­dia aged 15 to 24 use a hy­gienic method of men­strual pro­tec­tion, the Hindu daily re­ported.

In July In­dia with­drew a con­tro­ver­sial tax on san­i­tary pads fol­low­ing a vo­cal cam­paign led by ac­tivists and Bol­ly­wood stars to boost fe­male ed­u­ca­tion and em­pow­er­ment.

One study by WaterAid and UNICEF found that more than a third of girls in South Asia missed school dur­ing their pe­ri­ods.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Sri Lanka

© PressReader. All rights reserved.