Kenya: Jigger increase reported in Teso Constituency
Posted by African Press International on August 27, 2013
- GODFREY WAMALWA, API, KENYA
The late Ann Asitei succumbed to Jigger infestation before she was rushed by the neighbors to the hospital after the problem had persisted.
Led by Martin Isara, the locals appealed to the County government to move in with haste and rescue them from Jiggers menace which they said is disturbing them and their families.
“The drugs that are being distributed by community health workers are not effective and we urge the County government to provide us with jigger solution,” said Isara adding that many elderly persons are falling prey of jiggers.
Apart from the elderly persons who are very susceptible to the problem, School going children notably nursery and primary school pupils are entirely affected.
The issue is posing a danger in education sector in the district as such children cannot walk to school hence miss a lot in schools. The schools mostly affected are Kamolo, Amoni, Totokakile and Ikapolok where jiggers have invaded the children and hamper their learning.
The locals are calling upon Busia County leaders to find a long lasting solution to the problem that is slowly killing people and affecting the education sector.