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Jiggers Raid Mayuge Homes :: Uganda Radionetwork

Jiggers Raid Mayuge Homes

26 Apr 2010 16:25

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An outbreak of jiggers in Mayuge has wrecked havoc on many families.

More than 30 families are stranded and in urgent need of help following a raid by jiggers on their squalid homes.

Musa Kirunda and his neighbors- Peter Mbulawuwe, Salima Aliyenka and Peter Isabirye say the outbreak of jiggers was first observed two months ago.

Kirunda says that members of his family have been rendered immobile and inactive because of the jiggers.

Kirunda says that the jiggers could be spreading from the blossoming pigsties in their area.

Kirunda and his neighbor's children have become social misfits. They claim that they have become a laughing stock at school and are finding it difficult to mingle easily with other pupils.

Jiggers embed themselves predominately in the skin of children\'s feet and ankles, where they feed on the blood and flesh of their host. Heavy infestations can lead to severe inflammation, ulceration and fibrosis.

The jigger-infected families say efforts to exterminate the jiggers using basic disinfectants have yielded no good results. They want government and the health ministry to come to their rescue.

Stanley Bayoole, the Mayuge Town council LC3 chairman, says extermination of the jiggers is proving a difficult because of poor sanitation and hygiene.

Health workers say the female jigger lay about 100 eggs each, and 30 days later the process can start again.

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