More than 700 children on the Lamu island are infested with jiggers, an NGO study has shown. Children between the ages of two and nine are the most affected and most of them are unable to go to school, says Sawazisha Community Group.
The group carried out the research last week. Speaking to journalists in Lamu on Thursday, the group’s chair Abdulaziz Abdi said the infection has undermined the children’s education, health and social life.
He said the children stay indoors and do not go to school for fear of being mocked by their peers.