By our Reporter
More than 500 people have been confirmed to be infected with scabies in Hoima district.
The disease which manifests by severe and relentless itch has hit five hard sub-counties of Kyabigambire, Buseruka, Kitoba, Buraru and Kigorobya affecting both adults and children raising concerns among the residents and health officials.
Some of the affected villages are Rwamutunga in Buseruka sub-county, Bineneza and Nyakabingo villages in Kyabigambire and Buraru sub-counties among others.
According to the locals, since December 2019 they have been struggling to combat the disease in vain.
One of the affected residents is Harriet Oyeki, a resident of Nyakabingo village whose seven months old daughter has been grappling with Scabies for the last five months now.
Hoima District Health Inspector Dr Fredrick Byenume says that health officials in the district are doing all they can to ensure that the disease is contained.
He has advised the affected communities to observe good hygiene to further combat the spread of the disease.
In March this year, scabies devastated four villages of Abangi, Onin, Bisaju and Ogadra in Budongo Sub County in Masindi district.
Scabies is an itchy, highly contagious skin disease which spreads through skin to skin contact.
It is caused by the infestation of a parasitic mite called Sarcoptes scabiei
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website