Creating clean and healthy spaces
The City of Masvingo staff spent two hours on Friday the 4th of March 2022, from 8 am to 10 am picking up litter and cleaning their immediate and surrounding environments.
The cleaning efforts were part of the national clean-up campaign, which has seen the nation declaring zero tolerance to litter and setting aside the first Friday of every month as a national clean-up day.
The campaign, which was organized under the auspices of the Department of Health services began with a presentation from the department on the importance of having clean environments, before participants proceeded to Leopold Takawira Bus Terminus and surrounding areas to pick up litter.
Speaking during her presentation, Environmental Health Technician, Mrs Fungai Mataru highlighted that as part of ongoing efforts to ensure a healthy and clean City, the department had scaled up efforts through formulation of health clubs to help reduce uncollected waste and minimize waste dumping.
Running under the theme ‘Working together for a Clean and Healthy Environment’, the clean-up campaign was part of wider efforts by the City of Masvingo to conscientize local communities of the health dangers posed by improper waste disposal.
December 5, 2018, marks the day when His Excellency, President E.D Mnangagwa declared every first Friday of each calendar month as national Clean-Up Day. Thus recognizing the Constitutional Mandate to uphold environmental fundamental rights and freedoms provided for in section 73 of the constitution of Zimbabwe the ‘right to an environment that is not harmful to tier health and well-being’.