Hundreds of school children in Msambweni Sub-county, Kwale County on Sunday benefitted from an anti-jigger campaign launched by the Ahadi Trust Kenya.
The organization distributed jigger medicine and shoes to pupils at Kilole and Zigira Primary Schools Msambweni Sub-county.
It also gave out sanitary pads to girls from the two institutions that are among those affected by jigger infestation in the region.
Ahadi Trust Chief Executive Officer Stanley Kamau said the war on jigger menace is vital in creating a consistent enabling learning environment for children.
Mr. Kamau urged residents to adopt high hygiene standards in their homes to avert jiggers in the county. He announced that the county will receive Sh2 million from the anti-jigger kitty We have allocated Sh2million to every county as part of our intensified countrywide jigger eradication campaign, he said.
The CEO said they will start an empowerment programme targeting jigger-infested families to help them boost their livelihoods.
Jiggers infestation is caused by poverty thus the need to have sustainable income generating projects that will positively impact people’s lives, he said.
Mr Kamau challenged families to come up with projects that will lead to poverty alleviation and improve their living standards. Such families will be economically empowered and able to take care of themselves free of pests like jiggers, he noted.
He added the organization will conduct a countrywide survey in March to establish the number of those affected by jigger infestation and the regions most affected.
The findings of the survey, he said, will also show the extent of success of the efforts in fighting against the parasites in the country.
The last time such a survey was conducted was 10 years ago and another one is therefore necessary to enable us attain our target of a jigger free society, Mr. Kamau said.
The campaign aims at distributing about 10 million shoes to vulnerable school-going children countrywide.
Source: Kenya News Agency