About 230 members of Community Policing Committees from Zaza Sector of Ngoma District have been urged to take part in sensitizing residents on improving their hygiene in a bid to improve public health and human security.
The call was made by the District Police Commander (DPC), Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Janvier Mutaganda in a meeting that was also attended by local leaders.
The DPC informed them that where there is no hygiene, security cannot prevail, noting that poor hygiene can be a security issue when diseases turn into a calamity.
“A community that lacks hygiene is prone to diseases and the end result is that people are not safer...it creates a state of insecurity,” he said.
“As opinion leaders, you should take the lead in ensuring that your neighbourhood is clean at all times,” he added.
“When it comes to improving the quality of life, security and hygiene are inseparable, that’s why we must stick to them at all times,” said SSP Mutaganda.
During the same meeting, the Executive Secretary of Zaza Sector, Jean Claude Singirankabo also urged members of CPC to put much effort in encouraging people to improve hygiene in their homes.
“Sanitations starts with an individual on their body and in their homes, and the entire community they leave in. if we use this approach, there is no doubt we will achieve a lot,” Singirankabo said.
Singirankabo also reminded them that security and hygiene are the source of development. He also put much emphasis on environmental protection.
The CPC members also committed to fighting drug abuse.
Ngoma is one of the transit routes used to smuggle cannabis into the country from the neighboring countries.