27 Feb 2017 - Renco Mine – Muchibwa REFLECT Circle, a member of the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP), last week began a campaign for peace through voluntary work at Nyajena Rural hospital where they cut tall grass around the maternity waiting section.
Sixteen group members slashed tall grass and used sickles to clear the ground which had become a breeding ground for mosquitos.
CCJP facilitator, Saimon Nhamo said the group wanted to make the place safer for nurses, waiting mothers and patients who come to the hospital.
"We don't want people to come for mosquito bites but we want to create a safe environment for hospital staff and the people under their care," said Nhamo.
REFLECT Circle chairperson, Moses Rucheche said the group will maintain the fence around the hospital as part of their social responsibility programme.
"If resources permit, we will repair the fence so that the staff cannot lose sleep over stray cattle getting into their gardens," said Rucheche
He also expressed a wish to build public toilets at the busy Muchibwa shops where many public gatherings like rallies are often held.
"Rallies and CARE meetings are held here and people end up congesting the hospital's toilets while others use the bush," said Rucheche
Hospital nurse-in-charge, Norah Kupika thanked the group for caring for the community.
"I am happy to be in Nyajena and I think we are lucky that you chose this place as your first priority," said Kupika
CCJP is a nonpolitical organisation aimed at promoting peace and Justice in the country and has many groups advocating for peace around the country.health