21 July 2014.
The IFP in the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature has
proposed that government must buy sanitary pads and distribute
them free of charge to school girls and communities at large in
a similar approach as the distribution of condoms which are made
available free of charge at government hospitals and clinics.
"This issue must be treated with the urgency
it deserves and not be shied away from. Adolescent girls, in
certain parts of the country, resort to using toilet paper, cow
dung and leaves during menstruation. Apart from impacting
on their dignity this also affects their daily routines and many
cannot even go to school at this time, seriously affecting their
education," said IFP Spokesperson on Health, Mrs Ncamisile
"It is disheartening that women and girls,
mostly from disadvantaged sectors, are resorting to harmful
alternatives as they cannot afford proper sanitary towels. Young
women are exposed to cervical cancer due to the alternatives
they are using, while others are facing reproductive tract
infections," continued Nkwanyana.
“The IFP believes that sanitary towels must be
made a basic human right and government must ensure they are
made available, either free of charge or at a vastly subsidised
price. The IFP calls for a debate in the KZN Legislature
regarding this very important issue,” she concluded.
Ncamisile Nkwanyana MPL, IFP
Spokesperson on Health, 084 736 5183/ 078 302 3991
For Media Enquiries:
IFP KZN Provincial Legislature Media Liaison
Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675