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Busia Families Battling Strange Skin Condition

Opitti Omina, a health worker in the Busia district, says that he has attended to more than 20 patients with skin ailments. He explains that it is a rare genetic skin disorder, which has become so common among children and adults.
The affected leg of the child

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Several households in Busia district are battling a strange skin ailment mainly affecting minors. Micah Wandera, a resident of Busedu village in Masafu sub-county, says that strange skin that has affected his 9-year- old child started when she was three years of age.

According to Wandera, the disease first appeared like ringworm. He, however, says after some time the spot started itching before the skin peeled off. He says that whenever the skin peels off, it leaves wounds full of pus. According to Wandera, he took the child to Masafu general hospital where they tried to treat the ailment in vain.

He says that they later referred them to Alupe hospital in Kenya where he was turned because he is a non-citizen since he couldn’t produce the Kenyan national identity card to access treatment. Wandera says that left without any option, he returned to Masafu hospital but the medics advised him to try Buruba hospital, which has skin specialists. 

He says that he spent more than Shillings 800,000 to try and treat the child’s skin in vain. “We have even tried to use different local herbs to apply on the affected body parts but the thing has continued to eat the body of the child,” Wandera said. Alfred Siku, another resident says that the same skin ailment has affected his 4-year- old daughter.

He says that the disease has become rampant among children and some adults.  “I have witnessed this very disease on the neck and hands of my neighbour’s wife but it seems it’s difficult to treat it,” Siku said. He appealed to the government to give special attention to skin disease especially among children.

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Opitti Omina, a health worker in the Busia district, says that he has attended to more than 20 patients with skin ailments. He explains that it is a rare genetic skin disorder, which has become so common among children and adults. 

He says that the condition can start at birth or early childhood. Dr. Mathias Wabwire Panyako, the Busia District Health Officer, says that the skin disease can only be diagnosed by skin specialists using modern testing laboratories, which they lack in the district.

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