The Star (Kenya) - - News General -

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.

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