Kemri to research Busia jigger plague
Survey, to take six months, will look into treatment agent side effects
The medical research agency will survey jigger infestation in Busia county to ascertain why it remains resistant even after hygiene solutions have been found.
Kenya Medical Research Institute chairperson Dr Lilian Apadet said the agency will spend part of the Sh224 million set aside for general research.
“The research will take six months. It will also establish whether the potassium permanganate used in treating jigger victims has any side effects,” she said.
Apadet spoke at Akites market in Teso South subcounty during a jigger treatment camp sponsored by the Ahadi Kenya Trust and Lotto foundations and the Busia county government.
Ahadi CEO Stanley Kamau wel- comed Kemri’s proposal, saying no scientific research has been carried out to determine whether jigger infestation causes mental retardation.
Kamau, whose organisation also donated shoes and slippers to victims, said jiggers are mainly caused by poverty.
He urged families to form self-help groups and start up businesses, especially farming and livestock keeping.
Busia Governor’s wife Judy Ojaamong commended the Beyond Zero clinic for medical services during the camp. She appealed to First Lady Margaret Kenyatta to add a second mobile clinic.
“With seven subcounties, one mobile clinic is not enough,” she said.
Teso South MP Mary Emaase said her foundation is promoting education and health to complement the work of the county government. She urged families to maintain hygiene for better health.
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