Government launches Oxo-biodegradable Sanitary Napkin under PMBJP
The Centre has launched the oxo-biodegradable sanitary napkins under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP).
Janaushadhi Suvidha --the affordable sanitary napkins will now become available at over 3600 Janaushadhi Kendras functional in 33 States/UTs across India.
Launching the sanitary napkins, Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Mansukh L. Mandaviya said that this is a special gift for all women on the eve of World Environment day, as this unique product would ensure affordability, hygiene as well as ease of use and disposal for them.
Janaushadhi Suvidha comes with a special additive, which makes it biodegradable when it comes in contact with oxygen after being discarded. This would ensure swachhta, swasthya and suvidha for the underprivileged women and go a long way in the achievement of Prime Minster Narendra Modis vision of Affordable and Quality Healthcare for All, the Minister added.
The average price of sanitary napkins available in the market today is around Rs. 8 per pad, whereas now with the launch of the napkins at Rs. 2.50 per pad, will make the basic hygiene requirement aid for women affordable for the underprivileged sections.
According to the National Family Health Survey 2015-16, about 58 percent of women aged between 15 to 24 years use locally prepared napkins, sanitary napkins and tampons. Further, about 78 percent women in urban areas use hygienic methods of protection during menstrual period; only 48 percent women in rural areas have access to clean sanitary napkins.