Malawi government through the ministry of local government and rural development has urged Malawians to enhance cleanliness in the country.
Speaking at the launch of Blantyre City Council (BCC) health week on Monday, minister of local government and rural development Kondwani Nankhumwa said cleanliness helps in development.
“The country needs healthy people in development and cleanliness helps in preventing some diseases that can block people from working,” said Nankhumwa.
He added that Malawi needs to be geared to achieving clean environment.
“We can even have micro bins in our minibuses so that litter should not be thrown through the window,” he added.
BCC Mayor Wild Ndipo advised the residents of Blantyre to take the health week as a call to have a clean city.
“This is more significant as Blantyre City Council we have been looking at how we could enhance cleanliness in the city and we hope that people are to step up efforts in making the city clean,” said Ndipo in an interview with Malawi24.
The city council is to launch cleanliness competition for Blantyre residents as continuation of the health week initiative.
In support of the initiative, Beautify Malawi Trust has given the city three trucks for garbage collection in the city during the week.
The launch of the health week was spiced up by poems and dramas by students from schools in Blantyre and traditional dances by Chichiri Prison inmates.