On Wednesday the 8th of February 2017, Midlands State University joined the City of Gweru and various other stakeholders in a clean-up campaign aimed at preventing the spread of typhoid, in addition to keeping the City clean.
The campaign, which was organized under the auspices of the City of Gweru’s Health Department began with a stakeholders’ presentation and discussion in the Mayor’s Parlour at Town House, before participants proceeded to Kudzanai Bus Terminus, where the local authority received refuse bins donated by members of the business community. After the handover ceremony, participants proceeded to clean Kudzanai Bus Terminus as well as the farmer’s market and surrounding areas.
Speaking during his presentation, the Director of Health for the City of Gweru, Mr Samson Sekenhamo, highlighted that as part of ongoing efforts to ensure a healthy and clean City, the local authority had acquired an additional skip truck and ten skip bins to help reduce uncollected waste and minimize waste dumping. The Director also took the opportunity to give participants essential health tips to help prevent the spread of typhoid.
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 Gweru and its Health Department to conscientize local communities of the health dangers posed by improper waste disposal. Typhoid and cholera were cited as two of the biggest health risks facing communities due to improper waste disposal.
Stakeholders who took part in the clean-up campaign included, Midlands State University, the Environmental Management Agency (EMA), Steward Bank, Sino Zimbabwe, Dulys Motors, Ok Mart, Chicken Inn, Gweru Hawkers and Vendors Association, among others.