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Three million school girls can’t afford panties, surveyor

29 October 2014, 23:02 Jospeh Njung'eh

Nyeri - About three million school-going girls below 14 years old have no access to panties and sanitary towels, Director of Interconsumer Company Stephen Muchoki has observed.

Muchoki stated that the national government only affords to support 600,000 girls in its hygienic initiatives.

Speaking at Gatuyaini Primary School in Othaya constituency, Muchoki lamented that many girls could neither afford to buy a sanitary towel or a pant due to poverty levels in the country.

Interconsumer company is one of the leading manufacturers of sanitary towels with Muchoki announcing that the industry can now produce one million sanitary pads in one day.

Also read: Schoolgirl delivers, dumps baby in pit latrine

He spoke while launching the distribution of sanitary towels program in Nyeri County an initiative of area county government.

In the program, about 6,902 girls from 333 public schools will benefit.

Speaking in the same function Nyeri county acting executive in charge of Gender and Social services, Priscilla Wanyiri attested that more than 10,000 girls in the region could not afford pants or the sanitary towels.

She however said the county government has set aside KES.10 million to purchase the items.

Nyeri governor Nderitu Gachagua’s wife, Magret Nderitu raised concerns that many girls were missing classes between 4-5 days in a month during menstrual cycles.

“Nyeri county government is enhancing menstrual hygiene practices to enhance dignity and productivity in schools, a program that is in line with Millennium Development Goals (MDG),” Margret said.

She noted that some girls had one pant therefore were managing their menstrual periods in an unhygienic manner.

“Management of menstrual periods is becoming worse to some girls due to poverty and limited economic status. This also affects their self esteem,” said Margret.

She asked the private sector to partner in assisting girls from vulnerable families with the items in order to promote education and hygiene.

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