Susan Nankanja, a Village Health Team-VHT member, says many residents wake up from their beds in the morning with itchy faces, which sometimes develop into blisters. She is distressed that many of them are suffering with pain due to failure to access treatment.
Lwajje Sub County in Buvuma District have crowd out for government intervention
to combat the Nairobi fly.
The fly, which is also known as Kenyan flies, is a
rove black and red beetle of about 6–10 mm long. The fly lives in rotting
leaves where it lays eggs and multiplies mainly during heavy rains and is
common around water catchment areas.
The fly doesn’t
sting or bite but its haemolymph contains a corrosive substance known as
pederin, a potent toxin that causes blistering once released on the body.
Residents of Lwajje, which is isolated island from the main island, say the
number of people affected by the blisters resulting from the Nairobi fly has
a Village Health Team-VHT member, says many residents wake up from their beds
in the morning with itchy faces, which sometimes develop into blisters.
distressed that many of them are suffering with pain due to failure to access
//Cue in: “Naye tetulina daggala…
Cue out: …omuwulira omuliro”//
another resident says the insects find their way into their houses at night and
stick on the walls.
He explains that once touches the insect it releases itch
water, which causes blisters once one touches their body.
Cue out: …obulumi bungi nyo”//
Kanyike, the Buvuma District Health Officer-DHO confirms the presence of the
insects, saying they have registered about 30 cases of patients with blisters
in a period of one year caused by the Nairobi fly.
“We know about
these insects in the area but the good thing is that they are still in one Sub
County. I have discussed the matter with the district environment department to
find a possible solution and notified the Health Ministry about the need for medication,”
He appeals to residents to
improve the sanitation and hygiene around their
homes, saying they are the main reason why the insects get in people’s homes.
Dr. Kanyike advises residents to gently brush the beetles from their bodies to