NSS volunteers trained by NGOs on subject
In an effort to highlight the importance of menstrual hygiene for rural schoolgirls, skits were staged by students of Cauvery College for Women to deliver the message effectively.
The National Service Scheme and the recently launched WISH forum (Women for Sanitation and Hygiene), at the college ensured 300 schoolgirls from villages adopted by the NSS including Sirugamani, J.J.Nagar, Valluvar Nagar, Kavalkarapalayam and S. Pudhukottai were informed on the fundamentals of menstruation hygiene management.
The NSS volunteers have been trained by various women’s NGOs on the subject. The students highlighted various issues including disposal of napkins bearing environmental concerns in mind.
NGO representatives Susheela and Kalaivani recommended that students avoid cloth and get accustomed to using sanitary napkins. In the feedback session, school students felt they could prevent infections by ensuring menstrual hygiene.
They were exhorted by NSS coordinator L.Ganesan to pass on the message to their peers. The initiative by WISH has also reached out to prepubescent girls by preparing them well in advance.
Earlier, Vice-chancellor K.Meena, inaugurated the WISH forum and Sujatha, principal, handed over sanitary napkins made by women self-help groups to NSS programme officers Neela, A.R.Gomathi and Rita Shanthakumar. They in turn ensured student volunteers provide girls in NSS adopted villages with free napkins.