Clean-up campaign continues amidst Covid-19 pandemic

Ministry of Local Government has said the clean-up campaign which was launched in November 2020 still continues amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

Deputy Minister of Local Government, Halima Daud: We are requesting individuals to be conducting cleaning and greening activities in their respective homes and surroundings 

Deputy Minister for Ministry of Local Government, Halima Daud disclosed this Tuesday, during an interview in Lilongwe.

She was quick to mention that the observation of the clean-up day has some reservations which respect the enforcement of Covid-19 regulations as stipulated in the new National Guidelines for Covid-19 Management.

“The observation shall no longer involve large gatherings, therefore, we are requesting individuals to be conducting cleaning and greening activities in their respective homes and surroundings to avoid littering when undertaking such errands.

“The Ministry is encouraging the institutions to strengthen their waste management systems and keep their premises clean. This measure will remain in force until the Covid-19 pandemic situation eases, in this country,” the Deputy Minister said.

Daud condemned individuals and institutions who are failing to properly handle the Covid-19 Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) waste such as gloves, aprons, headwear, face masks and face shields to stop such malpractice or else face the law.

“We encourage mandatory use of face masks in all the public places; we take the opportunity to remind Malawians that improper disposal of used face masks is illegal under the laws of Malawi. Perpetrators of this undesirable conduct shall therefore be dealt with accordingly,” she added.

Daud called on all Malawians and institutions to consult their local government authorities if in any doubts on best disposal practices for Covid-19 PPEs waste saying that the councils were operational despite the interdiction of controlling officers.

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