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2.5 million Kenyans infected with jiggers

17 May 2012, 12:07 Anthony Muriuki

The number of Kenyans infected  with  jiggers in the county is expected to raise  from 2.5 million people if the government fail to fight  poverty in the country.

A non-governmental organization has disclosed that  poverty and poor leadership are the key factors leading to the raise of jiggers’ menace  in the county.

The Ahadi Kenya organization said poverty and poor leadership system has greatly attributed  to the jiggers  infection noting that more than 2,000 people are infected by jiggers in Eastern province.

Speaking at Mweru in Igoji East, in Meru County when more than 100 jiggers infected people were treated,  the CEO Mr Stanley Kamau said  the nation need to fight poverty first inorder to eradicate the menance.

 Kamau said the majority of the people affected are the children, elderly and physically challenged people in the society.

Speaking at Mweru secondary school in South Imenti constituency, Kamau said the NHIF Fund which was  misappropriated by the private hospitals could have been channeled to the government Hospital where the poor people can access treatment easly.

The government was ill advised to give the NHIF Funds to private hospital to be pocketend by the rich people other than benefit the poor,” said Mburu.

Kamau who was  accompanied by a volunteer from Canada Tyrone  Lawther, said the government will spend billons of shilling to fully eradicate the menace noting Central Kenya and Eastern Province are the most affected regions.

“ It’s easy to treat jiggers but hard to eradicate them  unless we get to the root of the cause,” noted Kamau.

He said it’s a big shame for the nation to have a big number of people living with jiggers adding civic education need to be highly advocated  to fight jigger menace in the country.

Kamau also insisted that the government need to bring into books the individuals who are involved in NHIF  saga.

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