Comprehensive efforts of all concerned have become crucial to create awareness on hygienic menstrual sanitation among adolescent girls and female students to attain the sustainable development goals.
To attain the goals, authorities of the secondary level educational institutions should take responsibility to educate female students and provide them necessary facilities for ensuring menstrual hygiene management at their institutions.
Public representatives and officials recently expressed the opinion at a sanitary napkin distribution function held at Kadamtolee Dakhil Madrasha in Haridebpur union of Sadar upazila in the Rangpur district.
Sadar upazila parishad organised the event for distribution of sanitary napkins among 400 female students of the madrasha free of costs with financial assistance under the annual development program for the 2018-2019 FY.
Sadar Upazila Charmin Nasima Zaman Boby attended the function and distributed sanitary napkins as the chief guest with Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Ishraat Sadiya Sumi in the chair.
Chairman of Haridebpur union Iqbal Hossain and Superintendent of Kadamtolee Dakhil Madrasha Md. Abdul Jalil addressed as special guests.
The speakers stressed on improving hygienic menstrual, sanitation and pure drinking water facilities in all secondary level educational institutions also to increase presence of female students in classrooms.
The chief guest said many teenage female students had been remaining absent from classrooms for three days averagely every month, using old clothes and not changing those in educational institutions during menstruation periods even a decade ago.
“However, most of the female students now use sanitary pads, change those at hygienic sanitary latrines and believe that there are enough space, light and places for leaving their used pads in their educational institutions,” she added.
The UNO called upon teachers, guardians and members of school and madrasha managing committees for ensuring necessary facilities for menstrual hygiene management of female students in all educational institutions.