March 2, 2024

Jiggers invade Mitooma district Schools & homes, authorities puzzled

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MITOOMA

Authorities in Mitooma district are worried over the increasing jigger infections in schools and some homes within the district.

This comes after few months back when this infection was reported in Sheema and Rukungiri districts respectively.

Speaking during the water and Sanitation meeting on Saturday 12th March 2022 at the district council hall, the Mitooma district chairperson Benon Karyeija aka Boneza noted that the case started slowly with in some schools and has now increased to some homes.

The most affected sub-counties are Kanyabwanga, Katenga and Kashenshero.

He however attributes the increase in the infection to poor sanitation in some areas and reluctance of school heads to improve on hygiene and Sanitation education among learners in addition to ensuring cleanliness in classrooms that are not cemented since the jiggers like co-habiting in dusty premises.

Karyeija further urged stakeholders to be vigilant in fighting this infection stressing that the government will try to ensure cementing of all class room floors in the affected schools as a way to eradicate the problem.

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