Dr. Baker Kanyike, the Buvuma District Health Officer-DHO confirms that immersion foot is common among people in the district, saying they recorded about 40 people turning up for treatment for a similar condition.
About 20 passenger boat
operators and fishermen in Buvuma district have abandoned work on Lake Victoria
because of the trench foot illness alias immersion foot. The disease, which presents with tissue results from prolonged exposure to unsanitary, cold and wet conditions
leading to swelling, pain, blotchy skin, numbness and sensory disturbances in
When one with this
condition steps out of water and the foot warms up, it changes from white to
red and eventually becomes dry and painful. Joseph Mubiru, the
chairperson of boat operators at Kirongo landing site in Buvuma district, says about
14 men boat operators have abandoned work over the past one year after
developing trench foot illness.
He says the most
affected are porters who carry passengers and their luggage to boats on a daily
basis. Mubiru says six fishermen also left the place with similar
conditions and is worried of their future since they have spent almost their
entire life fishing.
Dr. Baker Kanyike, the Buvuma District Health
Officer-DHO confirms that immersion foot is common among people in the
district, saying they recorded about 40
people turning up for treatment for a similar condition. “The situation
can be hard for those who acquire such a disorder. Sometimes their foot end up
rotting,” Dr. Kanyike notes.
Hakimu Namumba, one of the affected porters at Kirongo
landing site, says they cannot avoid water since it is their source of
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“We work in one place as a team but if there is any possible remedy to this disease we are facing is
highly welcome. We carry heavy things and once we mix it to illness the
situation becomes terrible,” he said.
Sunday Mwanje pleads with
government to look at Buvuma differently while handling diseases related to
water. He says he can’t avoid working in
water, which means he would fail to educate his children.
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“The challenge we are facing is swelling due to over staying
in water and this also risks our lives to diseases such as bilharzia”
Steven Sunday, a boat
operator stresses that they need more medication to continue thriving at their
work to meet their family need.
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“They give us some
medicine but it is not enough, the little that we are given is what we use to
reduce pain” Dr. Kanyike says they always advise lake users to
avoid walking in water bare footed, ensure they wear dry clean socks, clean the
affected area and ensure it is dry before they seek medical attention.