Kerala has one of the highest incidence of cervical cancer in India, and the state is grappling with a growing number of infections.
While the number of cervical infections has dropped sharply, the state has seen a rise in infections in recent months.
Kerala has more than 30,000 cases of cervical and uterine cancer in the state.
Last month, the Kerala government issued a directive to its hospitals to stop treating women for cervical cancer until their cervix is checked for cancer, a move that was welcomed by the opposition.
“We have to treat the cervical cancer first,” said Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.
“The people want us to treat it, so let’s do that.”
The state government also announced a pilot scheme that will see the installation of chakra pads in hospitals to encourage the women who need them.
The Kerala government has also announced that women in the south and the north of the state will receive free chakra fillings for their cervices for the next six months.