MPs grill Mbayo, propose factories for sanitary pads

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Luweero district woman MP, Hon. Lillian Nakate Segujja

Members of Parliament Wednesday tasked Presidency minister Esther Mbayo on a presidential pledge on sanitary pads for school-going children, saying it had not be realised.

MPs are unhappy that office of the President has not prioritised the pledge to offer free sanitary pads to school going girls.

MPs propose that government should consider coming up with factories to make re-usable sanitary pads, provided at a cost affordable to all.

Mbayo said the presidential pledge on sanitary pads has been frustrated by financial constraints and prayed that Parliament allocates budget on sanitary pads for adolescent girls in school.

Mbayo also wants Parliament to advocate for tax exemption on sanitary products.

She said that Education ministry has constructed sanitary facilities, provided health education, and built teachers capacity to handle menstruation associated changes

Minister Mbayo says Ministry of Education and sports is working with a number of civil Society Organisations to pilot interventions on providing sanitary pads to girls in a number of districts in the country.

Esther Mbayo

Hon. Magyezi Raphael says that the money needed by girls students for pads is little and affordable by the gone.

He urged members not to push the issue to next financial year’s budget because it’s an urgent matter.

Hon. Jovah Kamateeka says that the government should not only provide sanitary pads, parents should be sensitised to enable them guide their children.

She added that the household incomes should also be raised to enable parents provide sanitary pads to their children.

Hon. Osoru Mourine recommended to the Minister to come up with a comprehensive report on the presidential pledge to provide sanitary pads to girls students.

Hon. Lillian Nakate urged the government to construct companies that manufacture sanitary pads in future as they currently take action to provide money to the girls students.

The minister then requested the Ministry to Education to take up the issue.

Speaker Rebecca Kadaga directed the Ministry of Education to quantify the number of girls students who need the pads, the amount for non-reusable pads and the one for the reusable pads.

She further directed the Ministry of Education and Sports to come up with a budget to guide government, if it is to provide sanitary pads to school girls. The ministry is expected to report back to Parliament next week on Thursday November 21, 2019.

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