Lilongwe, Lilongwe Zambezi Evangelical Church (LLZEC) under Mitsidi Synod last Sunday appealed to its members to strictly follow hygiene practices for them to keep away diseases such as cholera, dysentery and Malaria among other diseases.
Church Senior Resident Pastor, Gerald Mark Malinda told Malawi News Agency (Mana) in an interview that it was also the duty of the church to remind its members the need to adhere to sanitation and hygiene practices for them to live a healthy life.
Christianity is a caring way of faith. Apart from meeting the spiritual needs of the people, it is our duty to meet their physical needs, including those on health, Malinda said.
He added that as a church, it is one of its social responsibilities to provide information on health to enable them avoid the mentioned diseases.
The pastor, therefore, requested church members to ensure that their surroundings are clean by cutting grass short, draining stagnant water and properly disposing waste materials to prevent breeding of mosquitoes and germs.
Uncleanliness of household surroundings causes breeding of mosquitoes which carry malaria-causing germs, he said.
In a separate interview, Falls ZEC Congregation, Pastor Joseph Sabao, concurring with Pastor Malinda, appealed to church members to ensure their toilets are roofed and bathrooms covered to make the surroundings hygienic.
The two pastors spoke of hygiene after observing that Area 36 and surroundings of the church looked indecent.
As a church, we observed that area 36 and surrounding areas of our church such as Mwenyekondo, Phwetekele and others looked indecent, Sabao pointed out.
One of the church members, Lenia Mtambalika, who stays in Area 36 (Mwenyekondo) asked the church to continue offering information on health for them to avoid diseases such as cholera, dysentery and Malaria, just to mention a few.
This knowledge will help us to overcome and reduce malaria problem in our areas, Mtambalika said.
Another church member, Dolice Chimuzu who hails from Phwetekele, commended the church leadership for taking on board hygiene issues which she said were a big challenge affecting the health of church members.
Most of the people in our areas do not have pit latrines and fail to clean their surroundings due to lack of civic education, but now we will try to follow hygiene practices as advised by our leaders, she said.
Source: Malawi News Agency