THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Now women on duty can feel right at home in their offices during certain ‘special days’. Waking up to the needs of women at workplaces, the city corporation has installed sanitary napkin vending machines-incinerator combo system- in select offices, after being tested successful in city schools.
Twelve more government institutions, including the civic body’s main office and colleges received the facility on Thursday. “ Choked toilet drains more than once a month is a common complaint in colleges and offices, including the corporation office.
After the system was found to be successful in schools, we decided to take it to other institutions. We have received demands from several aided and unaided schools to install the system there,” said S Pushpalatha, health standing committee chairperson of the Corporation.
The facility was officially launched by Mayor K Chandrika on Thursday. A sum of Rs 30 lakhs has been set aside for the project in the current fiscal. The machines are supplied by HLL. So far, 36 napkin vending machines and incinerators have been installed in the girls’ schools here. The places where the vending machines and processing systems have been installed are Secretariat, Swaraj Bhavan, KSEB office Pattom, University College, Government College Kariavattom, Kaimanam Government Women’s Polytechnic, Sreekanteswaram Women’s Hostel, SC/ST hostel Kunnukuzhy, Government Women’s College, NSS College and Mar Ivanios College.
On the occasion of the launch of the napkin-vending machine held in the Corporation office premises, the Mayor flagged-off the mobile home care unit of the palliative care project, Santhwanam. This is part of extending the service to 10 more areas and ensuring a better reach to these places.