A bylaw has been passed in Busoga making it mandatory for all households to smear their dust floors with cow dung, in the fight against jiggers. According to the byelaw, all households will be required to give a paint of cow dung on their floors per week. This is intended to control the m,ultiplication of jiggers which have become a menace to the populations in Busoga region. Launching the anti-jigger campaign in Busoga, James Kakooza, the state minister for health urged the local council heads to emphasise cleanliness in homes. The anti-jigger campaign is sucking on a 92 million shiling government donation intended to purchase medicine to treat jigger infected persons in Jinja, Iganga, Mayuge, Namayingo, Bugiri, Kiyunga, Kamuli, Buyende and Kaliro districts. The jigger's infestation is blamed on flea that live in conditions of poor hygiene, dusty homesteads with cracked floors and humans sharing accommodation with animals. The fleas penetrate under toe and finger nails of humans, where they grow to form a round sac, the size of a bean. They are transported into homes by livestock and poultry. The anti jigger campaign is expected to wipe jiggers out of Busoga in six months time. Minsa Kyeyune, a news anchor at Bamboo fm, adopted a nine year old boy whose body was devastated with jiggers. He says the bylaws should be enacted and enforced in communities but the money should also be controlled in communities that are affected to avoid misappropriation. Prince William Gabula, urged the anti jigger campaign to target the beneficiaries rather than the politicians for better results. The jigger infected persons were treated with hydrogen peroxide.
Updated: 23 Sep, 12:1212:12
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Walukamba has been an active journalist since 2000. He was a radio presenter and producer at Radio Management Services (Busoga FM, All Karamoja FM between 2000 -2004). He also worked as a media trainer at United Media Consultants and Trainers UMCAT and Makerere Institute for Social Development MISD (2005-2007), before he joined Buddu Broadcasting Services as a News Editor and Producer, later Programmes Manager and Station Manager.
Walukamba's journalistic interests are in local government, news, human rights, agriculture, environment and politics. He is member of several professional societies and sports Institutions.