Peddapalli: In order to provide hygienic sanitary napkins to women at lowest price, Sabala Sanitary Napkins manufacturing unit was inaugurated in Peddapalli on Friday.
District Collector A Devasena, who was brainchild behind Sabala, inaugurated the unit at Shanthinagar, Peddapalli town on Friday. Every woman should be provided the means to lead a healthy life, said Devasena after the inauguration.
She said it was established in a survey that a number of women in the district were suffering from reproductive tract related diseases as they were not using hygienic napkins during menstruation.
To overcome the problems awareness programmes were being conducted and decided to establish a unit to manufacture sanitary napkins.
She assured girls students studying in colleges and schools that free of cost napkins would be provided to them by spending money from Collector’s funds. Stating that each pad would be provided at Rs 6, there would be five pads in each pack, she added.
A 20-member women group, Spoorthi Mahila Sanghan with the support of the district administration is operating the unit. Members of the group were given one month training in manufacturing of napkins.
State Bank of India has sanctioned Rs 25 lakh loan to women group to start the unit under Prime Minister employment generation scheme.
Congratulating members of Spoorthi group for starting unit by successfully completing training, Collector ordered for Rs 15 lakh worth napkins to be distributed across the district. She assured to arrange vending machine in the unit.
Rural women had been made aware about personal hygiene during the recent swachatha programmes held in villages, she said and said to women would be made aware about Sabala napkins during awareness programmes to be held every Friday.
ANMs, Anganwadi workers and village CCs would be roped in to educate women about the usage of napinks.
She thanked former MLAs D Manohar Reddy (Peddapalli) and Putta Madhu (Manthani) for extending their support for Sabala.