Kenyan Poorest are suffering from Jiggers infestation. For those who are reading this blog from North American you ask what is a Jigger. A jigger has nothing to do with a swig of liquor but it is a mite from the flea family usually found in Chickens that burrows itself in the human fresh causing swelling and infection area in the afflicted area. The Mite sucks blood which it uses to produce Larvae that digs deep in human flesh. It causes itching and disfiguration of the toes or the limps. In kenya My birth Country it is estimated that 1.4 million Kenyans are suffering from Jiggers. This is schocking for Kenyans had assumed that this type of massive infestation that was more common during the colonial times have been eliminated but this is not so. In a parliamentary Statement the kenyan Government admitted the fact that 1.4 million kenyans are afflicted.
About four per cent of the Kenyan population is afflicted with jiggers, a situation officials say is spurred by poverty. Public Health Assistant Minister James Gesami told Parliament on Tuesday that the ministry disbursed Sh10 million to fight jiggers in the last financial year and announced a similar amount has been released this year.
Although there is low-level jigger infestation in most parts of Kenya, Gesami disclosed the pests are most common in Murang’a, Nyeri, Kwale, Malindi, Kericho, Narok, Emuhaya, Meru and Kakamega.Garsen MP Danson Mungatana said his constituency and the lower stretch of Tana Delta District are also afflicted as Gesami disclosed poverty, lack of water and other basic amenities made it difficult to control jiggers.
“We need to address the social determinants,” Gesami said, adding that studies have linked the pests with decrepit housing and improper personal hygiene due to lack of access to water.
Jigger infestation in Central Kenya
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