Lanjigarh: Vedanta Limited has initiated a sensitisation drive on menstrual hygiene for adolescent girls and their mothers in the peripheral villages of Kalahandi district. As part of the NITI Aayog’s Aspirational District programme, Vedanta Lanjigarh is carrying out this drive since December 2020. So far, it has reached out to over 2000 adolescent girls and their mothers in more than 100 villages.
The knowledge sharing sessions, under the guidance of Dr. Sraddha Suman Patnaik of the state-of-the-art multi-specialty Vedanta Hospital, Lanjigarh, are designed with a special focus on menstrual hygiene, eradication of related myths and misconceptions and bring change in the habits and practices of the adolescent girls pertaining to menstrual and reproductive health. As a result of this drive, adolescent girls have already started using the sanitary pads in these villages.
Speaking about this initiative, Mr. Rakesh Mohan, Chief Operating Officer, Vedanta Limited, Lanjigarh unit said, “At Vedanta Lanjigarh, we have always given priority towards ensuring good health and well-being of the communities around our areas of operations by bringing in positive changes in the life and lifestyle. As an active partner of NITI Aayog’s Aspirational District program, we are happy to be a part of such an initiative, which aims at sensitizing the adolescent girls in the tribal-dominated area about the critical health issue pertaining to menstrual hygiene. This campaign will not only help in making these girls aware about their health with proper knowledge but also lead them towards a healthy life.”