Govt to provide free sanitary pads to poor women

Staff Correspondent | Published: 15:49, Dec 05,2019


Health minister Zahid Maleque addresses a press conference at the Directorate General of Family Planning in Dhaka on December 5, 2019. — Manzur Maswood

Bangladesh government has decided to distribute free sanitary napkins among poor women and adolescent girls.

Health minister Zahid Maleque announced the decision at a press conference at Directorate General of Family Planning on Thursday.

He said, ‘From now on the poor women and girls can take free sanitary napkins from the family planning centres across the country. Menstruation is a part of the life of women and adolescent girls, but maintaining hygiene is crucial during the period.’

‘Unhygienic menstruation products can cause infections and even cancer,’ he said.

‘As many women and adolescent girls have no access to safe sanitary napkins due to poverty, we’ve decided to distribute the item amongst all women and girls at free of cost,’ he said.

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