Menstruating rural girls using newspapers

Government should seriously consider subsidising the cost of pads to stop a looming health hazard as menstruating rural girls have resorted to using newspapers, cow dung and maize cobs.

MDC-T MP Dorcas Sibanda said:“I have raised the issue with the finance minister. We are just waiting to see what he will do when he announces his quarterly budget report.”

Sibanda told The Zimbabwean, at the sidelines of the launch of a campaign for improved maternal health care in rural areas last week,that she had also organised a march on May 18 to force the government to reduce the cost of sanitary pads.

She said government should subsidise the cost of pads, as it was doing with condoms. She said it was unfair that women who worked in cotton fields were the ones deprived of such a basic health requirement.

Integrated Sustainable Livelihoods director, LifaMethie, said recently about 70 percent of Forms 1 and 2 girls failed to attend school during their monthly periods because they had no access to proper pads.

The organisation had since started imparting skills in rural communities to make their own.

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