(Xinhua) U.S. President Barack Obama's grandmother on Sunday launched a free anti-jigger campaign to residents of Siaya County in Western Kenya who have been greatly infected with the pest.
The 91-year-old grandmother through her Mama Sarah Obama Foundation which has partnered with Kenyan anti-jigger campaign Ahadi Trust said she wanted to ensure that the menace does not affect education of the young children.
Speaking when she launched anti-jigger campaign and shoe distribution in Siaya county Sarah challenged the government to step up the war on Jiggers rather wait for help from donors.
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She said the government has the capacity to eradicate the disease but was reluctant and waiting for foreigners for assistance which come late when the damage has been done already.
Hundreds of children have dropped out of school as a result of stigma associated with the jigger and also inability to walk to school in Siaya County particularly in Nyangoma Kogelo village.