GOVERNOR FIGHTS JIGGERS
Some 500 schoolchildren infested with jiggers in Makueni on Friday had their feet washed by Governor Kivutha Kibwana, Deputy Governor Adelina Mwau and Ahadi Kenya Trust CEO Stanley Kamau. The three visited Itulu, Kiambani, Kieleleni and Watuka primary schools. Kibwana said schools post poor academic results and perform poorly in co-curriculum activities because of the jigger infestation.
“I have a personal experience with this because I was infested with jiggers in primary school. This is very shameful in this era. We need to partner with such organisations to end this menace,” he said. Kibwana said he will lobby other governors to partner with Ahadi Kenya Trust and like-minded stakeholders to completely eradicate jiggers.
Kamau pledged to pay school fees for two pupils through to university. A free medical camp was also organised, where residents were screened for cervical cancer, received dental check-ups and registered for the Universal Healthcare Scheme. Senior citizens above 65 years will be treated free of charge.