A primary school in Mulanje high rate of absenteeism due to jiggers flea which has affected 451 learners and one teacher.
The head teacher at Muloza primary school, Paul Mbendera said 300 of the 351 learners are not attended classes due to jiggers whilst a teacher had to be absent for a week when she was hit by the disease.
“We want the authorities to come out of their comfort zones and help these learners. The high rate of absenteeism is a matter of concern but looks like the authorities do not care but the future of these children is in their education,” said Mbendera.
Mbendera als asked non state actors like Unicef and World Vision to come forward and deal with the situation which he said is now getting out of hand.
Health surveillance assistant for Muloza Health Centre Shadreck Manyamba said health officials are doing civic education to sensitize communities on how to prevent the jiggers.
Jiggers flea has no medication.
The disease is usually caused by livestock like pigs and people are advised to take care of their livestock as well as observe high standards of hygiene and sanitation.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :