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AIIMS Director Prof M Srinivas with Prof Neerja Bhatla and Prof Minu Bajpai at the installation ceremenony

Menstrual Hygiene Day: AIIMS installs 14 sanitary napkin vending machines

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, has set up sanitary napkin automatic vending machines at different fourteen locations on the campus with an aim to provide easy access for women to ensure menstrual hygiene.

The machines have been donated by CLL-SECI Company as part of its CSR initiative on the occasion of Menstrual Hygiene Day.

Prof Neerja Bhatla, HoD, Gynecology and Obstetrics, AIIMS, said that it is a very significant initiative and it will help women to keep themselves hygienic during menstruation.

“Not only women but society should know the importance of maintaining menstrual hygiene. Today’s initiative will help to tackle the stigma attached to menstruation. Hygiene can not only prevent infections but complications which can emerge later in life,”  

“We can invite a plethora of diseases if we do not maintain menstrual hygiene. Infections can easily affect our bodies during the menstrual period. These infections can result in infertility and some cancers like cervical cancer too.” Prof Bhatla added.

Prof Rima Dada, In-Charge, Media Cell, AIIMS said that this machine delivers three napkins for just paying ten rupees.

“Not maintaining menstrual hygiene can result in genitourinary and genital tract infections and self-inflammatory diseases. It can also cause infertility.

Ms Juhi from HLL Lifecare Limited said “With this initiative, we hope that accessibility of sanitary napkins to women can be increased and made easy as well. We have ensured environmentally friendly disposal of the napkins. We have provided an incinerator which can dispose of napkins,” Ms Juhi added.

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