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Ahadi Trust appeals for government’s help in combating jiggers

Ahadi Kenya Trust wants education devolved to help combat the jigger menace in schools.

Speaking during an anti-jigger campaign in Pepo la Tumaini Jangwani Primary School in Isiolo on Saturday, Ahadi Kenya Trust Executive Director Stanley Kamau said it was sad to see many children dropping out of school due to the jigger menace.

Mr. Kamau said it was high time the National government devolved education sector for greater involvement of the county governments in combating the menace.

Most areas of Eastern and North Easter regions are adversely affected by jiggers.

Mr Kamau, who was accompanied by Miss Kenya 2005 and anti-jigger Ambassador Cecilia Mwangi, said the new government Education Budget should improve infrastructure especially in primary schools.

JIGGER MENACE

He said the organization has distributed more than 4 million pairs of shoes to school going children as one way of combating jigger menace in the country.

Mr Kamau said about two months ago, the organization also launched a National policy on control and prevention of jiggers.

“We are very much willing to partner with the counties to implement and educate people through community health workers on how they can be able to implement the policy without any cost,” Mr Kamau said.

Isiolo County First Lady Madina Doyo urged the residents to observe high hygiene standards in their homes so as to eradicate jiggers in the county.

More than 300 young school going children and about 100 adults infested by jiggers benefited from the exercise with the children getting one pair of shoes and slippers to use while bathing. The school received 15 cartons of shoes.