Harare (New Ziana) – Clean working and living environments are important in preventing disease outbreaks, and ensuring good health, a senior government official said on Friday.
Speaking after leading a clean-up exercise in Harare,Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutswangwa said government was concerned with uncleanliness found in some areas around the country, particularly urban centres, and urged a change of mind-set.
Government has set the first Friday of every month as a day for everyone to clean up their surroundings, a campaign led directly on the ground in different parts of the country by President Emmerson Mnangagwa himself.
“You are aware that the President declared the first Friday of every month as a national cleaning up day, but it does not mean we only clean on the first Friday of every month,” Mutsvangwa said.
“This is a campaign to make sure that all the citizens in this country at least make sure that their houses and neighbourhoods are clean. Cleanliness is next to Godliness,” she said.
Tens of workers, mostly from the Ministry and parastatals under it, accompanied Mutsvangwa on Friday’s clean-up in Highlands.
Most urban centres in the country, which are under the administrative control of the opposition, have streets and other environs littered by uncollected garbage, blamed as sources of disease outbreaks such as cholera and typhoid.
This situation, Mutsvangwa said, cannot be left unattended, and government was determined to put an end to it.