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Jigger menace in Teso as 500 pupils are infested

04 June 2012, 16:31 Joy Monday

The jigger menace has brought misery to Malaba Central ward in Teso North district affecting over 500 pupils in six primary schools.

Malaba Town Council vice chairman, Ishmael Orodi expressed concern over the problem and appealed to the government to institute urgent measures to rescue the situation.

Addressing the press in Amagoro, Councilor Orodi said the most affected schools are Akiriamasit, Amoni, Ikapolok, St. Paul’s Achunet, Kidek and Keng’atuny primary schools.

“I have nowhere to hide. Virtually all schools in my ward have children infested with jiggers,” he said.
The civic leader said the elderly have not been spared the agony posed by the parasitic fleas some proving fatal.
Orodi said many pupils have been forced to abandon school owing to trauma caused by the jiggers and the fear of being ridiculed by colleagues.

He said Malaba Town Council has tried its best by financing the project for a long time now but the situation continues to get worse.
He said Ahadi Kenya through Lion’s Club also followed suit but despite treating the affected areas it had become difficult to eradicate the flea permanently.

Orodi said he had informed Teso North DC, Josephine Onunga and area DEO, Wangatho Maina on the havoc paused by jiggers in achieving affirmative action in schools.

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