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Hazardous Waste: Jinja Residents Battle Skin Disease

Juliet Nansikombi, a resident of Zabef village in Walukuba Estate is one of those affected by the skin disease, with painful red sores under the skin.

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 A rare skin infection is spreading through Walukuba / Masese division in Jinja municipality among communities living near garbage dumping sites health officials have revealed. According to the officials, 43 people have been treated of the strange disease at Walukuba Health Center IV and II in Jinja district.

Juliet Nansikombi, a resident of Zabef village in Walukuba Estate is one of those affected by the skin disease, with painful red sores under the skin. She says during the rainy season waste water from the garbage fill flows to different parts of Walukuba, Masese and Danida parishes, which affects residents.

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Alex Mugera, a clinician at Walukuba health centre IV says they receive 11 patients with skin ailments over average each from residents close to the garbage site.

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Mugera says the rushes are characterized with red painful lumps under the skin, sometimes with blisters that burst and turns into wounds, which expose patients to secondary infections. Robinah Mwangale, the Jinja district health Educator advises people to wear protective footwear and gloves to avoid infection.

 

Tom Odoi, the chief health inspector Jinja municipality says the skin infection is caused by the bacteria and chemicals from electronic waste once it comes into contact with the body. He says the bacteria and chemical waste enter people's bodies through cuts and the mucus membrane.

Odoi advises people who develop any suspicious skin lumps to contact a dermatologist or an infectious disease doctor. At Walukuba health centre IV Infected people are treated with antibiotics, but the health officials those with the complication should seek early treatment.

Musisi Kibugudhu, the Walukuba/ Masese division LCIII Chairperson says he is working with technical people to sensitize the communities about the disease. He says they are sensitizing the residents on how to avoid infection.

Ernest Nabihimba, the senior Environment officer Jinja municipality attributes the skin problem to hazardous waste.

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