A jigger infestation has been
reported in Bumbaire Sub County in Bushenyi district.
The most affected are Numba and
Bumbaire parishes where some children are reportedly skipping school because of
Therestine Bagampangire, the Bumbaire
Sub County LC 3 chairperson blames the problem on poor hygienic practices among
Apollo Kakonge, the Executive Director
West Ankole Civil Society Forum, says that it is unfortunate that over 60
households are battling the jigger infestation.
Kakonge is worried that the
infestation may spread further unless deliberate steps are taken to save the
situation as careless practices continue to prevail.
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Justus Babigumira, one of the
residents says the jigger infestation in the area started early this year but
was never attended to.
He admits that the locals in the affected area have not
done enough to ensure proper hygiene.
Bushenyi District Health Officer,
Dr. Edward Mwesigwa, says the district leadership learnt of the infestation recently,
saying they have already started efforts to handle the situation.