The First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa says the national clean-up campaign programme is part of long term solution towards curbing cholera and other related diseases.

The clean-up campaign programme began at Mpilo Central Hospital in Bulawayo where nurses participated in the cleaning of wards.

The community also joined in appreciation of the importance of the country’s health institutions.

In a speech read on her behalf by the Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province Cde Judith Ncube, the First Lady called on every citizen to contribute in cleaning the environment and urged women and youths to consider taking up opportunities in waste management.

The community and corporates have pledged to continue cleaning their environment.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Mr Munesushe Munodawafa said the cleaning campaign programme is not a political thing but a noble cause towards elimination of diseases.

Earlier on, the First Lady had donated special maternity beds, medical equipment and food stuffs to Mpilo Central Hospital and United Bulawayo Hospital.

Mpilo CEO Mr Leonard Mabhachi commended the First Lady for her helping hand.

The introduction of free maternity health care system has seen most government hospitals registering an increase in the number of people seeking maternity services.

The donation of the special beds is thus expected to go a long way in accommodating these women.