THE CHURCH of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (also known as Mormons) has embarked on a clean up exercise at the Manhyia Metropolitan Hospital in Kumasi, as their contribution towards environmental sanitation in the metropolis.
Members of the church throughout the continent have set aside one day in August every year, referred to as Africa-service project, when the congregation dedicates three hours of their time to embark on voluntary services to the community where they are located.
In this year's edition, members of the Church, comprising the various stakes in the metropolis, chose the Manhyia Hospital, which serves as one of the artillery medical centers in Kumasi, as the destination for the Africa-service project.
The over 500 members of the Church undertook a clean up exercise within the premises and outside the hospital, including the clearing of bushes, removal of cobwebs, scrubbing of floors and the draining of gutters in and around the medical centre.
The church embarked on the exercise in collaboration with the nation's waste management giant, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, which assisted with the provision of implements such as wheelbarrows and trucks for the collection of the rubbish.
The President of the Kumasi Stake of the Church, Mr. Richard Samche, told the paper after the exercise that besides building the spiritual strength of the people through its services, the Church was also committed towards ensuring a healthy lifestyle in society, through the promotion of environmental sanitation.
The exercise took place simultaneously across the country, and in other African countries, where the Church is found.
On his part, the Media Relations Officer of the Church, Mr. Kwabena Nsenkyire, said by involving the media in the exercise, the Church intended to create adequate awareness in the community about the need for us to keep our environments clean, and also prevent communicable diseases.
He expressed his appreciation to the media, particularly The Chronicle newspaper, for supporting them in all their activities.