Anti Jigger campaign crusaders in Kenya shall now begin integrating health issues by empowering communities at the grassroots level after achieving 95 percent awareness against the jigger infections.
The objective is to ensure each and every household to take charge of their health after realizing that there are so many other factors that are affecting the jigger infested families.
Speaking during the annual National Jier awareness celebrations held in Malindi attended by county and national government officials together with Ahadi Kenya Trust foundation authorities led by the CEO Dr. Stanley Kamau said their aim is to integrate health issues by empowering communities to take their individual charge.
He said they will incorporate community health volunteers who will be mandated to go from door to door not only to raise awareness on jiggers but also to look for other health issues affecting the community.
”There are so many other factors that are affecting the jigger infested families, their children never get immunization on time, they never get immunization of pneumonia, they don’t go for prenatal and postnatal care because of issues affecting them and poverty,” he said.
Kamau said all community health workers and volunteers involved in jigger eradication will also be involved in other health issues affecting the families.
The Ahadi Kenya Trust CEO said so far no one in the country doesn’t know about control and prevention of jiggers which was a big milestone.
The National campaign against Jigger started 13 years ago.
Others present included John Kipsiwa Assistant county Commissioner Malindi, Former Miss World Kenya Cecilia Mwangi, Imarika Foundation Chairman Renson Ndoro, Bernadette Mwikali Kenya Aids NGOs Consortium.
During the celebrations students and teachers from various schools in Kilifi County also attended and gave their testimonies after the jigger menace was completely wiped out in their respective communities.