Ntungamo Municipality MP Gerald Karuhanga has showed concern over the high cost of sanitary materials, which he said is as a result of high taxes on imported materials for making such items.
Speaking during celebrations to mark the World Menstruation Day organised by Let Them Help Themselves, an international aid organisation at Jerusalem Cottages in Ntungamo District last Saturday, Mr Karuhanga and other leaders said more female students are dropping out of school because of lack of sanitary materials.
He asked the government to lower taxes on the raw materials. “I have been told locally made sanitary pads are so expensive…I will lobby and move a Bill in Parliament to see that taxes on such products are reduced and girls are able to access them at lower cost,” Mr Karuhanga promised.
The organisation founder and chairperson, Ms Ida Horner, said the organisation is committed to teaching girls how to make cheaper sanitary pads.
The organisation launched locally-made reusable sanitary towels and pads that can be used for up to three years.