When children and especially girls can neither sit, handle, walk, pick, write nor wear shoes because of jiggers, we must then admit to be nursing a feminine society of the lame and dependant with a sure goal of aggravating the cycle of poverty among women. Poor children living in unhygienic and unsanitary dwellings, get jigger infection which reduce their educational, social and economic productivity due to poor health, thus the cycle is perpetuated.
The problem of jiggers knows no gender, race, creed or age, however, the Jigger infections vary in degrees of severity. The effects of jiggers infection on girls and other children in general include; High rate of school dropout and poor performance due to the infections Restricted mobility as victims are unable to walk easily due to pain in the affected areas Inability to carry out normal day to day activities like working or playing Low self-esteem resulting from the stigmatization
We emphasize on the preventive measure of the jigger which is by observing cleanliness (water, sanitation and hygiene-WASH). We have to administer urgent first Aid on jigger infected girls and children in general which involves; Removing the jiggers. Washing the affected areas with clean water and soap Drying the cleaning the wounds. Soaking affected area in a potassium permanganate or disinfectant (15 minutes). Applying petroleum jelly or other oil to soften the skin. Weekly Repeat
To have a healthy and jigger free girls in our communities including complete eradication of the bug, schools and homes by thoroughly fumigation and ensuring that animals also that have fleas have been treated. To ensure that the girls, their homes and schools are bug free, the victim, the rest of the family and the entire school have to be educated on the need to observe hygiene and ensure that the bugs do not find a home in their homes again. To enforce the wearing of shoes in schools