We all know that 7th April is observed as World Health Day and to commemorate this occasion, Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Howrah came up with a specially curated session on 'Women's Health and Healthy living' at Press Club today 4th April 2019. The session was followed by an announcement of setting up sanitary napkin vending machines by the hospital in some community-centric areas in the city to inculcate the message of social and hygiene awareness.
The event witnessed the presence of Dr. Subhash Mukherjee, Consultant Obstetrics and Gynaecology, NSH Howrah, Dr. Kaustav Basu, Consultant Gynae- Oncology, NSH Howrah, Dr. Sumana Dutta, Consultant Obstetrics and Gynaecology, NSH Howrah along with Mr. Subhasish Bhattacharya, Facility Director, NH Howrah and Mr. Sourabh Kanti Mondal, Centre Head, Narayana Multispeciality Hospital, Howrah.
The session emphasized the need for actions to address the growing health issues amongst women due to not using sanitary napkins during their menstrual cycle. Menstrual hygiene is a significant issue for every woman as poor menstrual hygiene upsurges the susceptibility toward reproductive tract infections. It is indispensable to be aware of all the upshots and consequences of menstrual hygiene. Narayana Superspeciality Hospital has taken the responsibility to create awareness about health care issues of women. Amongst all the commercially available feminine hygiene products, sanitary napkins are an important disposable absorbent hygiene product.
Dr. Kaustav Basu, Consultant Gynae-Oncology, Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Howrah said, "Women suffer from distinct infections and rashes, itching and burning sensation over the perineal area because of poor menstrual health. Many of them do not even use sanitary pads and fall prey to life-threatening diseases like cancer. There are some harmful chemicals present in the commercially available sanitary napkins. For example, dioxins are used to bleach the cotton/material used for making the absorbent core, and it is responsible for side effects in the body such as pelvic in?ammatorydisease, ovarian cancer, immune system damage, impaired fertility and diabetes. In West Bengal, various studies have shown an alarming rise of cervical cancer incidence from 4 percent in 2003 to 22 percent in 2010, mostly in rural women and low socio-economic status because of their poor lifestyle. Hence, today's session is to create awareness that cervical cancer can be cured completely through a healthy lifestyle even before it has developed."
Dr. Subhash Mukherjee, Consultant Obstetrics and Gynaecology, NSH Howrah said, "Taking care of oneself during menstruation is as important as taking care of self's day to day activities. A little negligence in menstrual hygiene management can cause the body grievous harm and it can be a lead for the spread of infection to others. Keeping that in mind our hospital has taken an initiative to install sanitary napkin vending machines across the city including machines in some NGO's like Tiljala Shed, Ektara and Samaritan Help Mission who look after underprivileged girl children. The children will also be facilitated with bimonthly free Gynecological screening awareness education programme so that they can take care of themselves and others as well."
Dr. Sumana Datta, Consultant Obstetrics and Gynaecology, NSH Howrah said, "Menstrual hygiene is an extremely pertinent issue which was our topic of discussion in today's meet. It is very important to maintain good hygiene during periods to reduce the Risk of reproductive tract &Urinary Tract Infections. Cleaning external genitalia with clean water and gentle soap along with a frequent change of sanitary napkins can prevent 97 percent of such infections. It is extremely important for everyone to be aware of the steps to lead a healthy life."