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Strange Genital Disease Reported In Elegu Township

Kassim Kule, the Elegu Township Local Chairperson told URN on Tuesday that the disease has been reported among both the young and elderly persons of all sexes. He disclosed that the disease makes one scratch themselves ‘’shamelessly’’ even among the public.
Police uniports submerged by stagnant water in Elegu Town Council - Photo by Dominic Ochola

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There is a strange genital disease outbreak among residents of Elegu Township in Amuru district. The disease mainly affects the fore and outer skins of the genital parts. It presents with itchy sores, which later turn into wounds and produce pus.     

 

The disease has been reported in Lorikwor West and East in Elegu Township at the Uganda-South Sudan border.  Kassim Kule, the Elegu Township Local Chairperson told URN on Tuesday that the disease has been reported among both the young and elderly persons of all sexes.  

He disclosed that the disease makes one scratch themselves ‘’shamelessly’’ even among the public.  The disease has been reported among more than ten people in the past two weeks.  Kule disclosed that two elderly women in the area who are also battling the disease reported to his office last week and asked for the intervention of the health authorities.   

Janet Akot, a resident of Lorikwor East in Elegu Township, says that her two children are battling the strange disease, which she is treating using body ointments she bought from a clinic but this hasn’t led to any improvement.  

//Cue in: ‘’Not even underground…  

 

Cue out: …children with scabies.’’//     

Patrick Odong Olwedo, the Amuru District Health Officer confirmed the report to URN on Tuesday from Elegu Township. He says that they have asked the affected persons to go to the nearest Bibia Health Centre III so that their samples are taken for thorough investigations. Olwedo, however, suspects that this could be a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD or linked to unhygienic sanitation or the use of unclean water for bathing.     

//Cue in: ‘’so I have…    

Cue out: … they be investigated.’’//     

 

Most residents of Elegu Township use unprotected water from River Unyama for bathing and domestic needs. The water is also shared with domestic animals and serves one of the area's waste dumping sites. Elegu Township also suffers flooding, which leads to stagnant waters especially during the rainy season whenever River Unyama burst its banks.  

Last week, residents of Elegu Township petitioned the State Minister for Works, Musa Ecweru over the failure to control flooding in Elegu noting that it has not only led to damage but also poses health risks due to stagnant water.