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Residents urged to adopt good hygiene and sanitation practices

Written by  John Chihana and Steven Ngwira
Chimbalanga in a white dustcoat leading a sweeping exercise as he launched the campaign Chimbalanga in a white dustcoat leading a sweeping exercise as he launched the campaign

Chitipa, March 21, Mana: District Commissioner (DC) for Chitipa, Michael Chimbalanga has urged residents in the district to adopt good hygiene and sanitation practices if objectives of the Nationwide Youth Cleanup Campaign Month are to be realized.

He made the call on Wednesday during the launching ceremony of the Nationwide Youth Cleanup Campaign Month in the district.

The DC called on authorities of all government departments, business people and religious and traditional leaders to join the youth in making sure that the district is always clean.

"Although this programme is being led by the Youth, it is everyone's responsibility to make sure that we keep the district clean. Chitipa is well known for good hygiene and sanitation practices as we have not registered any case of cholera since 2004 and we can maintain this status if we continue keeping our environment clean,” Chimbalanga pointed out.

 Chitipa District Youth Network Chairperson, Luis Mhango said the campaign is an opportunity for the youth to demonstrate their commitment in contributing to the development of the district more specially by ensuring cleanliness in the district.

"The Youth are dedicated to this exercise and we are appealing to all stakeholders from government and non-governmental organizations to work with youth clubs so that we can achieve the purpose of this campaign," he said.

 District Youth Officer (DYO) for Chitipa, Jessy Mwansambo emphasized on the importance of sustaining hygiene and sanitation practices even after the campaign.

"It is crucial for the youth to continue with clean up exercises after this period," he said.

The Nationwide Youth Clean Up Campaign month was launched on March 15, 2019 in Lilongwe by the National Youth Council under the theme, “Clean Environments Youth Taking Lead” and will run up to April 15,2019.

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