More than 1,000 people in sixteen villages in Hoima district are battling a fresh outbreak of scabies. The disease which manifests with severe and relentless itching has affected among others Nyakabingo, Bineneza, Kalyango, Kigawa, Bugandale, Kibugubya, Kyarubanga, and Katugo villages in Kyabigambire sub-county.
Scabies is an itchy, highly contagious skin disease that spreads through skin contact. It is caused by the infestation of a parasitic mite called Sarcoptes scabiei, which quickly spreads from person to person, especially those in crowded living conditions or with lack of access to clean water.
The mites cause a pimple-like rash that is severely itchy, and occasionally, tiny burrows may be seen in the skin. Johnson Andama, a resident of Bineneza village says that three of his children have seriously been affected by the outbreak of scabies. He has called upon health officials in the district to respond to the crisis expeditiously.