The Menstrual Hygiene Scheme (MHS) under the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) or Adolescents Health was launched in Churachandpur district of Manipur on Wednesday.
Churachandpur District Hospital chief medical officer Dr Kimngaihching Simte distributed sanitary pads to ASHA workers during the MHS launching programme, which was organised by the District Health Society, Churachandpur.
District community mobilizer and ASHA co-ordinator Vung Mary, district data manager Seiboi Gangte and other medical officers were present at the occasion.
During the programme, Vung Mary spoke about the importance of the programme to boost adolescents' health. ASHA facilitators and workers were told to collect sanitary pads and sell it to adolescents at Rs 6 per piece, submit Rs 5 and keep Rs 1 for themself during their visits to the villages in the district.
The CMO said that the government has envisaged a plan for adolescents aged between 10-19 years to help them through RKSK where affordable high quality sanitary pads would be provided. She asked the ASHA fraternity to carry out the work as a duty to foster health and sanitary hygiene among adolescent girls.