Blantyre City Council (BCC) has extended this year’s Health Week to ensure hygiene and sanitation.
The Health Week, which seeks to engage residents of the city in cleaning activities, is slated to start on Monday and will be observed through February next year under the theme Creating A Healthy and Clean Environment.
Speaking during a news conference yesterday in Blantyre, Blantyre City Mayor Wild Ndipo said they have extended the week to change the mindset of the residents to participate fully in cleanliness activities in their respective areas.
He said: “Our aim is that people should participate fully and not leave everything to the council. We hope people will appreciate the importance of observing this initiative.”
Ndipo added that as part of appreciating efforts by the city residents to promote hygiene and sanitation, the Health Week is married with Clean Premises Competition whereby residents are awarded for their performance.
The Clean Premises competition judges chairperson Patrick Kamkwatira hailed the competition, saying it is a driving force to active participation.
“We are looking forward to introducing the best media coverage on the same to ensure that information reaches a wide audience,” he said.
Activities that are expected to be undertaken during this period include sweeping in the streets, cleaning the drains and cutting long grass along the city’s river banks.
The Health Week was introduced in June last year under the Keep Blantyre Clean and Green Campaign.